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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Tropical Africa to Mozambique.
Crinum kirkii Baker original illustration from Curtis's Botanical Magazine

[FTEA]

Amaryllidaceae, Inger Nordal (University of Oslo). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1982

Morphology General Habit
Bulbs 15–20 cm. in diameter, often with a considerable neck.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves flaccid, lorate, up to 120 cm. long, 4–13 cm. broad, keeled with a distinct midrib, crispate and scabrous or serrulate on the margin, normally without an intact apex; white woolly fibres appearing when a leaf is torn.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Scape
Scape 30–50 cm. long, contemporary with the leaves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Spathe-valves red-brown, robust, thick, often spongy inside, persistent and erect, enveloping the perianth-tubes at anthesis.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers (3–) 8–20 (–24), sweetly scented, subsessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth-tube greenish, 9–15 cm. long, curved only in the upper part above the erect involucre; segments green in bud, but during anthesis pure white with a broad sharply bordered purple dorsal streak, broadly lanceolate to elliptic, acuminate, 9–14 cm. long, 2–3.5 cm. broad, outer and inner ones subequal in width, all connivent to a zygomorphic funnel, more open at night.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filaments white, declinate; anthers dark grey or black, rarely brown, curved, ± 1 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style white, often tinged red distally.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits crimson to rose, globose, without a beak.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds not seen.
Habitat
Grassland and Acacia, Commiphora bushland; 0–2300 m.
Distribution
K1 K4 K5 K6 K7 T2 Z not known elsewhere

Native to:

Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania

Crinum kirkii Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Tweedie, J.R. 45597.000

First published in Bot. Mag. 106: t. 6512 (1880)

Accepted by

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Nordal, I. (1982). Amaryllidaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-30.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Zimudzi, C., Archer, R.H., Kwembeya, E.G. & Nordal, I. (2006). Synopsis of Amaryllidaceae from the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia. The Zimbabwe Journal of Botany 18: 151-168.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bak. in Bot. Mag. 106, t. 6312 (1880).
  • Bak. in Flora of Tropical Africa 7: 402 (1898).
  • Harms in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 145 (1895).
  • R. O. Williams, Useful and Ornamental Plants in Zanzibar and Pemba p. 215 (1949).

Art and Illustrations in Digifolia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
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/
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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