Lapeirousia odoratissima Baker

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Lapeirousia odoratissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyanga NP near main rd boundary.

Lapeirousia odoratissima

Photo: Bill Clarke
Seven Acres fire break near Rd to Lazy river and near bottom of Gum Plantation, Val D'Or

Lapeirousia odoratissima

Photo: Bill Clarke
Seven Acres fire break near Rd to Lazy river and near bottom of Gum Plantation, Val D'Or

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Synonyms: Lapeirousia congesta Rendle
Lapeirousia juttae Dinter
Lapeirousia stenoloba Vaupel
Common names: African spider lily (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Low perennial herb, less than 20 cm growing from corms. Plants stemless, tufted. Leaves few, up to 30 cm, similar to the bracts. Inflorescence branched with 3 to 6 flowers per branch. Flowers ivory-white with long narrow tepals and a long, up to 14 cm, perianth tube. The flowers are strongly scented, particularly in the evening.
Derivation of specific name: odoratissima: strongly scented
Habitat: Widespread in Zimbabwe, occurring in grassland, woodland and granite sandveld.
Altitude range: (metres) Above 1200 m
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Angola, D.R. Congo (Katanga)
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Images last updated: Saturday 12 February 2011

Goldblatt, P. (1990). Systematics of Lapeirousia (Iridaceae–Ixioideae) in Tropical Africa Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 77(3) Pages 480 - 483. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 39 - 40. Illustration on p. 37 (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. & Manning, J.C. (2015). Systematics and Biology of Lapeirousia, Codonorhiza, Psilosiphon and Schizorhiza in Southern Africa Strelitzia 35 South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria Pages 53 - 56. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 390. (Includes a picture).

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

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 116.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 23, plate 42

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Flora of Botswana: Lapeirousia odoratissima
Flora of Malawi: Lapeirousia odoratissima
Flora of Zambia: Lapeirousia odoratissima

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lapeirousia odoratissima
African Plant Database: Lapeirousia odoratissima
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Lapeirousia odoratissima
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lapeirousia odoratissima
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Lapeirousia odoratissima
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JSTOR Plant Science: Lapeirousia odoratissima
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lapeirousia odoratissima
Plants of the World Online: Lapeirousia odoratissima
Tropicos: Lapeirousia odoratissima
Wikipedia: Lapeirousia odoratissima

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Lapeirousia odoratissima., retrieved 16 April 2024

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