Drimia calcarata (Baker) Stedje

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Drimia calcarata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle between upper Vanduzi and Nhandar valleys, Mt Gorongosa

Drimia calcarata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle between upper Vanduzi and Nhandar valleys, Mt Gorongosa

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Common names:
Status: Native
Slender perennial herb 20-30 cm tall, growing from a bulb. Leaves long and linear, usually absent at flowering time. Flowers in a terminal raceme, whitish with a purple midline on the outside of the tepals.
Notes: Often appearing and flowering after fires.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In moist montane grassland or crevices in rocks.
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Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 1 February 2009

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 57.

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 91. as Urginea modesta and U. nyasae

Stedje, B. (1996). Hyacinthaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 16 - 17.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 108 - 109. As Urginea nyaae

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 71.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 81. as Urginea nyasae

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Drimia calcarata
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Drimia calcarata
African Plant Database: Drimia calcarata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Drimia calcarata
Plants of the World Online: Drimia calcarata
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Wikipedia: Drimia calcarata

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: Drimia calcarata.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=168480, retrieved 19 May 2024

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