Aristea ecklonii Baker

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Aristea ecklonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Woodland Rd, Vumba

Aristea ecklonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Aristea cyanea De Wild.
Aristea lastii Baker
Aristea maitlandii Hutch.
Aristea paniculata Pax
Aristea stipitata RC Foster
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Perennial herb up to 60 cm tall. Leaves several, mostly basal, narrowly lanceolate, up to 9 mm wide; some sorter leaves along the often branched slightly winged stem. Flowers in terminal and axillary 2-4-flowered clusters, blue. Spathes and bracts with entire margins. Capsule 12-18 mm long cylindric. As with the other species, the flowers are very short-lived but are produced in succession over an extensive period.
Derivation of specific name: ecklonii: after Christian Friedrich Ecklon (1795-1868), a Danish pharmacist, botanist and plant collector, who was one of the early and most productive botanical explorers in South Africa.
Habitat: Along streams and margins of evergreen forest, in shade.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Burundi, Cameroon, southern DRC, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 10 September 2008

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 25.

Davies, H.F. (Undated). Alphabetical Catalogue of Plants growing in the gardens of Ewanrigg National Park, Arcturus. [Possibly not published (typed only)] Page 5.

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 5 - 7. (Includes a picture).

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 52.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 92.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 454 - 455. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 83.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aristea ecklonii
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Aristea ecklonii., retrieved 18 February 2020

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