Walleria nutans J.Kirk

First published in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 24: 497 (1864)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is S. Tropical & S. Africa. It is a tuberous geophyte and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.

Descriptions

Tecophilaeaceae, E. J. Cowley & R. K. Brummit. Flora Zambesiaca 12:3. 2001

Morphology General Habit
Erect perennial herb (4)10–30 cm tall.
Vegetative Multiplication Tubers
Tubers 1–5, subspherical, 1.7-2.5 × 2-3 cm, up to c. 20 cm below ground on a slender vertical underground stem.
Morphology Stem
Stem leafy, simple or sometimes with up to 3 branches from axils of the lower leaves, ± flexuous, ± strongly longitudinally ribbed at least above, glabrous, scabrid, or with scattered short recurved prickles.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves cauline, becoming progressively larger and congested towards the stem apex, sessile, (2)7-17 × 0.2-1 cm, linear to linear-lanceolate, acute or ± gradually tapering to the apex, occasionally slightly cirrose at the tip, with recurved prickles 0.75–c. 1 mm long on the midvein beneath and/or on the leaf margin, or prickles absent; lowermost leaves 0.7-1.2 cm long, membranous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Peduncles 2-5 cm long, ascending, smooth, scabrid or with minute prickles; bracts 5-17 × 0.5-2.5 mm; pedicels deflexed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals pure white to pink, mauve, purple or blue, spreading, 6-15 × 2-5 mm, ovate, acute, 5-7-veined, free to the base, ± recurved at the tips, outer segments slightly longer than the inner.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 0.5-1 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers 4-8 × 0.75 mm, yellow with blue to purple tips, connivent and adherent at the apex; pores lateral at the anther apex, introrse, oblique.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 7-8.5 mm long, shorter than, or slightly exserted from the perianth segments.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule green, yellow or orange,8-17 mm in diameter, globose, slightly rugose, surrounded by the persistent perianth segments.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Immature seeds 2 × 1 mm.
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Sources

  • Flora Zambesiaca

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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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  • 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/
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  • 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/
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