Hesperantha petitiana (A. Rich.) Baker

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Hesperantha petitiana

Photo: Tina Meikle
On Mozambique side of border near Penhalonga

Hesperantha petitiana

Photo: Tina Meikle
On Mozambique side of border near Penhalonga

Hesperantha petitiana

Photo: Tina Meikle
On Mozambique side of border near Penhalonga

Hesperantha petitiana

Photo: Tina Meikle
On Mozambique side of border near Penhalonga

Hesperantha petitiana

Photo: Tina Meikle
On Mozambique side of border near Penhalonga

Hesperantha petitiana

Photo: Tina Meikle
On Mozambique side of border near Penhalonga

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Synonyms: Geissorhiza alpina Hook. f.
Ixia petitiana A. Rich.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, 8-30 cm tall. Leaves 3-4, the lower 2(-3) basal and longer than the others; the upper leaf inserted about the middle of the stem. Spike 2-6-flowered, the flowers borne erect. Floral bracts 12-15 mm long, the outer bracts with the margins free to the base. Flowers pink, lilac or white; perianth tube 6-9 mm, cylindric and straight.
Notes: Tina Meikle reports that her plants opened in the early morning and were closed by 10 am.
Derivation of specific name: petitiana: after Antoine Petit (?-1843), French naturalist and botanist who traveled in Ethiopia in 1838. He was killed by a crocodile in the Tacazze River in 1843.
Habitat: In rocky areas, on cliffs or in grassland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, (possibly Zambia), Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 22 May 2014
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 313. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 59 - 61. (Includes a picture).

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.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 13 - 14. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 111.


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hesperantha petitiana
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hesperantha petitiana
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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: Hesperantha petitiana.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115790, retrieved 17 November 2019

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