Kniphofia pumila (Aiton) Kunth

First published in Enum. Pl. 4: 552 (1843)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Eritrea to NE. DR Congo. It is a perennial and grows primarily in the subtropical biome.

Descriptions

Asphodelaceae, Christopher Whitehouse. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2002

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb from small corm-like rootstock with slightly fleshy roots 3–4 mm in diameter.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves linear, 30–100 cm long, 1–2 cm wide towards the base, prominently keeled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 50–150 cm tall; raceme very dense, 4–15 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, opening from the top downwards; fertile bracts lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, 6–10 mm long, 1–2 mm wide at the base, acuminate at the apex; pedicels 1.5–3.5 mm long, elongating to 6 mm in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers yellow to orange-yellow or red; perianth-tube campanulate, 9–19 mm long, 2 mm wide around the ovary, slightly constricted above the ovary, 6–7 mm wide at the mouth; stamens exserted for 10–13 mm, filaments yellow to red, anthers orange or red; style exserted for 13–15 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsules ovoid to globose, 6–10 mm long, 6–8 mm wide.
Habitat
Not known for East Africa, grassland often near streams or on steep slopes in Ethiopia; ± 2600 m
Distribution
K1 U1
[FTEA]

Sources

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    • Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0