Sarcophyte piriei Hutch.

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Sarcophyte piriei

Photo: Karl van Laeren
At base of Mt Tshshinini (Jechenene)

Sarcophyte piriei

Photo: Karl van Laeren
At base of Mt Tshshinini (Jechenene)

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Synonyms: Sarcophyte sanguinea Sparrm. subsp. pirei (Hutch.) B. Hansen
Common names:
Status: Native
Plant to 40 cm tall, not smelling. Tuber 5-13 × 5-11 cm, irregularly lobed. Bracts ovate-lanceolate. Male flowers: perianth segments (2-)3(-4), very fleshy; stamens (2-)3(-4), less than half as along as perianth segments. Female flowers: clusters 0.4 - 1.5 cm long, cylindric to ± spherical.
Derivation of specific name: piriei: named for Dr J.H.H. Pirie of the East African Medical Staff, a collector of this species
Altitude range: (metres)
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe; east Africa from Somalia and Ethiopia, to Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 17 February 2013

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 29. as Sarcophyte sanguinea

Stannard, B.L. (2006). Balanophoraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 247 - 249. As Sarcophyte sanguinea piriei (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Sarcophyte piriei., retrieved 4 December 2023

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