Crinum minimum Milne-Redh.

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Crinum minimum

Photo: Mike Bingham
Mfuwe N road

Crinum minimum

Photo: Mike Bingham
Mfuwe N road

Crinum minimum

Photo: Mike Bingham
Mfuwe S road

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Status: Native
Plants commonly communal, though spaced, not aggregated. Bulbs up to 8 cm wide. Leaves narrow, linear, mostly up to 0.4 cm wide, erect, with smooth margins. Flowers 1, rarely 2, sessile. Perianth tube pinkish, curved, 8.5-15 cm long; segments acuminate, white with pink dorsal streak.
Notes: It closely resembles Crinum walteri, differing from that species in the scape arising above ground, perianth segments widely reflexed at anthesis, and the fruits not beaked.
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Habitat: Very varied, from sand plains in areas of high rainfall, to semi-arid mopane woodland on clay.
Altitude range: (metres) 550 - 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, D.R. Congo, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 17.

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 84. as Crinum minimum pro parte

Zimudzi, C., Archer, R.H., Kwembeya, E.G. & Nordal, I. (2008). Amaryllidacae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Page 122.

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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: Crinum minimum., retrieved 4 October 2023

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