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This species is accepted, and its native range is Malawi to Zimbabwe.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Tufted perennial grass-like herb, up to 45 cm tall from a short erect woody rhizome, often with fibrous leaf remains at the base, acaulescent; roots numerous, fibrous, (possibly with fusiform swellings at the tips, but not seen).
Morphology Leaves
Leaves many, up to 30 cm long, 3 mm wide, widening to c. 8 mm at the base, linear, ± triangular in section when fresh (flattened when dry) with a pronounced midrib on the abaxial surface, usually with ± scattered bristle-like hairs; glandular with minute papilliform to setiform tubercular glands densely and evenly arranged in 2–4 rows on the margins and abaxial midrib, the glandular-hair bases persisting as a dense fringe of uniform patent minute bristles much shorter than the larger scattered non-glandular hairs; leaf base with broad membranous wings, ± clasping, outer leaf bases persisting as long coarse fibres.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences 1–5, branched, appearing before the leaves, often with a succession of one or more young inflorescences present; peduncles (scapes) terete, up to 45 cm long, simple or divaricately branched, mostly curving abruptly outwards near the base then curving upwards outside the leaf rosette, ± densely glandular-pubescent and with scattered sessile glands, the glandular-hair bases persisting as patent rigid hairs, sometimes glabrescent; racemes up to 23 cm long, many-flowered; bracts 2–5 mm long, ovate, mucronate to shortly aristate, membranous, white with a brown keel, the lower ones sometimes up to c. 25 mm long and leaf-like; pedicels 4–8 mm long, patent, curled in fruit, glandular-pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth segments 6–8 mm long, spreading, white or cream-coloured, with a reddish-brown keel; filaments fusiform swollen above the middle, upper half covered with retrorse obtuse papillae.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsules small, 2.5–4 mm in diameter, subglobose, 3-lobed, shortly stipitate above the cup formed by the persistent perianth base, glandular tuberculate, maculate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 2–3 per locule, sharply angled, black, white-spotted.

Native to:

Malawi, Zimbabwe

Trachyandra malosana (Baker) Oberm. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Whyte [s.n.], Malawi K000256315 holotype
Polhill, R.M. [1271], Tanzania K000315423
Gillett, J.B. [17791], Tanzania K000315424

First published in Bothalia 7: 759 (1962)

Accepted by

  • Pope, G.V. (ed.) (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 12(3): 1-106. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Pope, G.V. (ed.) (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 12(3): 1-106. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora Zambesiaca
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0