Records determined by Lewis Walter

Determinations: 7

The following is a list of the records determined by Lewis Walter in species name order.

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NoSpeciesRecord dateRecorder(s)Coll.Det.Conf.HerbariaHabitatLocationLoc code(s) Outing codePlanted code Country QDSGrid ref.FZ DivAlt. (m)NotesLatLongLoc Acc Code
60144Huernia kirkii Jan 1966L Walter
L Walter Poor stony soil with scrubby mopane and stunted ironwoods. Full sun.Near Palfrey's Store0Zimbabwe2231A4 S216

Journal of SA Botany, Vol 32, Part 1, January 1966. L.C.Leach and D.C.H.Plowes. This is a detailed discussion of the misinterpretations of H. kirkii and H. hislopii. The specimen I (LW) provided to Mr. Leach was the first recorded in Zimbabwe, but was received too late for inclusion in the above article, which had already gone to press. LW adds: Captain and Mrs Palfrey lived in one of the remotest areas of the country - inaccessible during the rains - on the border with Mozambique. He had been awarded the M.C. during WW1. Mrs Palfrey somehow discovered that I had a weakness for scones with strawberry jam and cream, and whenever I visited (unannounced) they would miraculously appear ! A wonderful old couple.

57687Orbea maculata subsp. maculata Mar 1963L Walter
L Walter In scrubby mopane veldNuanetsi/Mwenezi district, Zimbabwe0Zimbabwe S0

60141Orbea rogersii Mar 1964L Walter
L Walter In varying soils, lightly treed with mopane and other trees.Mwenezi (Nuanetsi) in scattered locations0Zimbabwe S0

Literature: "Stapeliads in Rhodesia" by D.C.H.Plowes, Excelsa No 1, 1971. He comments appropriately "...numerous transparent whitish curly hairs are each tipped with a minute clear glistening pearl". Comment: although now classed as "Critically endangered", this was not the case in Nuanetsi in 1964, and hopefully will still be so now. As can be seen from image number 1, flowering was prolific.

60140Orbea schweinfurthii Feb 1965L Walter
L Walter Under Riverine bushes and trees, in good soil. Easily overlooked among the dead leaves.Banks of Zambezi River, about 10 km downstream from bridge at Chirundu.0Zimbabwe1528D4 N0

Few seen due to nature of habitat, but probably fairly common. Flowering time Photo taken February 1965, but I have seen them flowering in same general area as early as December.

60143Orbea valida subsp. valida Feb 1965L Walter
L Walter Mopane scrub on Kalahari sandLupane District, Western side.0Zimbabwe1827D3 W1000

Not common; in a restricted area. Literature: "Stapelieae from South Tropical Africa, I" L.C.Leach, Journal of South African Botany, Vol 31, Part 3, July 1965. This appears to have been the fourth record in the country.

60145Stapelia kwebensis Feb 1965L Walter
L Walter Fairly good soilMarange South Communal Land, Save Valley0Zimbabwe E0

60146Stapelia kwebensis Mar 1964L Walter
L Walter Good soil.Davata Area, Lower Mwenezi District.0Zimbabwe S0

The flower was distinctly darker than the more common light brown.


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Records determined by Lewis Walter., retrieved 16 September 2021

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