Freesia grandiflora (Baker) Klatt
subsp. grandiflora

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Freesia grandiflora subsp. grandiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cliffs nr Eggardon Hill, Vumba

Freesia grandiflora subsp. grandiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cliffs nr Eggardon Hill, Vumba

Freesia grandiflora subsp. grandiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cliffs nr Eggardon Hill, Vumba

Freesia grandiflora subsp. grandiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Belingwe

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Synonyms: Anomatheca grandiflora Baker
Freesia rubella Baker
Lapeirousia grandiflora Baker
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Attractive perennial herb, up to 60 cm, growing from spherical corms. Several foliage leaves, narrowly lanceolate, reach to the base of the inflorescence. Flowers usually red with darker red markings on the inside of the lower 3 tepals; stamens and style red, long exserted.
Derivation of specific name: grandiflora: large flowered
Habitat: A species of deciduous woodland and scrub, often among rocks or on termite hills, growing in light shade.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Jan - Apr
Worldwide distribution: DRC (Shaba), southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Friday 14 March 2014

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 206 - 207. as Anomatheca grandiflora (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 18.

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. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 53 - 55. as Anomatheca grandiflora (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1996). Iridaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 39 - 40. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. & Manning, J.C. (1995). Phylogeny of the African Genera Anomatheca and Freesia and a new genus Xenoscapa Systematic Botany 20(2) Page 171.

Linley, K. & Baker, B. (1972). Flowers of the Veld Bundu Series Longman Zimbabwe Page 26. As Lapeirousia grandiflora (Includes a picture).

Manning, J.C. & Goldblatt, P. (2010). Botany and Horticulture of the Genus Freesia (Iridaceae) Strelitzia 27 South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria Pages 32 - 35. (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. as Anomatheca grandiflora

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

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 115.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 22, plate 41

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 109. as Anomatheca grandiflora

Other sources of information about Freesia grandiflora subsp. grandiflora:

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Flora of Malawi: Freesia grandiflora subsp. grandiflora
Flora of Mozambique: Freesia grandiflora subsp. grandiflora
Flora of Zambia: Freesia grandiflora subsp. grandiflora

External websites:

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

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: Freesia grandiflora subsp. grandiflora., retrieved 20 April 2024

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