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.
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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.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

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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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Aristea ecklonii., retrieved 3 December 2023

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