Kniphofia splendida E.A.Bruce

First published in Fl. Pl. Africa 30: t. 1183 (1955)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is S. Malawi to Eswatini. It is a perennial and grows primarily in the subtropical biome.

Descriptions

Asphodelaceae, S. Kativu. Flora Zambesiaca 12:3. 2001

Morphology General Habit
Plants clump-forming, robust, up to 2 m tall.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome horizontal with closely-spaced erect corm-like branches; roots slightly swollen.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves erect at first, usually becoming bent over, up to 2 m long, 1.5–5 cm wide, linear, keeled below, grooved above but with the surface of the leaf almost flat, sparsely serrulate on margins and midrib, tough, strongly ribbed when dry, dull green or glaucous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle up to 162 cm long, fairly stout.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme 6.5–28 cm long, moderately dense; bracts c. 7 mm long, sterile bracts up to c. 12 × 5 mm, lanceolate to broadly lanceolate, subacute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers orange to reddish-orange.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth c. 25 mm long, slightly constricted above the ovary, narrow funnel-shaped, straight.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens exserted by 5–10 mm at anthesis, remaining exserted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style eventually exserted for about 10 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 5.5–7 mm in length, subglobose, slightly pointed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 2 mm long, angular, with yellowish-brown wings.
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Sources

  • Flora Zambesiaca

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