Lapeirousia erythrantha (Klatt) Baker

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Lapeirousia erythrantha

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Rocky slopes on left of entry road, Cleveland Dam, Harare

Lapeirousia erythrantha

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Nr Sutton Mine

Lapeirousia erythrantha

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By the Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo Rd

Lapeirousia erythrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo Rd

Lapeirousia erythrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo Rd

Lapeirousia erythrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near dam, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Lapeirousia rhodesiana N.E. Br.
Common names: Bluebells (English) Chiweruweru (Shona)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Perennial herb, growing from corms. Stems repeatedly branched. Inflorescence branched, the flowers crowded terminally. Flowers often purple-blue with dark blue and pale nectar guides on the three lower tepals. There are,however, several other colour forms: a deep maroon-red form, usually lacking markings, which appears to be more widespread at lower altitudes, and a blue form which is more common elsewhere. Flowers may rarely be pale mauve or white, with or without dark markings on the lower tepals.
Derivation of specific name: erythrantha: red-flowered, despite the fact that flowers are often blue-violet
Habitat: Fairly widespread in Zimbabwe, occurring on shallow soil over granite rock or on badly drained soil in woodland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, DRC (Shaba), Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 206 - 207. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 36.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 23.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 127.

Goldblatt, P. (1990). Systematics of Lapeirousia (Iridaceae–Ixioideae) in Tropical Africa Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 77(3) Pages 451 - 456. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 31 - 33. (Includes a picture).

Linley, K. & Baker, B. (1972). Flowers of the Veld Bundu Series Longman Zimbabwe Page 25. As Lapeirousia rhodesiana

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).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 66. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 125.

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

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

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Flora of Botswana: Lapeirousia erythrantha
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Flora of Mozambique: Lapeirousia erythrantha
Flora of Zambia: Lapeirousia erythrantha

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lapeirousia erythrantha
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lapeirousia erythrantha
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Wikipedia: Lapeirousia erythrantha

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Lapeirousia erythrantha., retrieved 25 November 2020

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