Aristea woodii N.E. Br.

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Aristea woodii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Bunga Views, Vumba.

Aristea woodii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Bunga Views, Vumba.

Aristea woodii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Bunga Views, Vumba.

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Synonyms: Aristea affinis N.E. Br.
Aristea gracilis N.E. Br.
Common names: Blue stars (English)
Status: Native
Perennial herb, up to 70 cm tall. Leaves 6-10, basal, half as long as the stem; 3-5 short, sheathing leaves along the slightly compressed unwinged and unbranched stem. Flowers in 3-8, 2-4-flowered clusters, together forming a spike-like arrangement, blue. Spathes and bracts with lacerate margins. Capsule 6-10 mm long, ellipsoid-ovoid.
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Habitat: In vleis, along streams and in moist places in submontane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 2400 m
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Wednesday 10 September 2008

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 309. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 5 - 6.

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.

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

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Flora of Malawi: Aristea woodii
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aristea woodii
African Plant Database: Aristea woodii
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aristea woodii
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Aristea woodii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aristea woodii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Aristea woodii
Tropicos: Aristea woodii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Aristea woodii., retrieved 24 June 2019

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