Zantedeschia albomaculata (Hook.) Baill.
subsp. albomaculata

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Zantedeschia albomaculata subsp. albomaculata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Luwawa Forest Reserve, Viphya, Mzimba

Zantedeschia albomaculata subsp. albomaculata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Luwawa Forest Reserve, Viphya, Mzimba

Zantedeschia albomaculata subsp. albomaculata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Luwawa Forest Reserve, Viphya, Mzimba

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Synonyms: Richardia albomaculata Hook.
Zantedeschia melanoleuca (Hook. f.) Engl.
Zantedeschia tropicalis (N.E. Br.) Letty var. tropicalis
Common names: Spotted-leaved arum lily (English) Yellow arum (English)
Status: Native
A perennial herb, which dies back in the dry season. Petiole 20-60 cm long; lamina either conspicuously white-spotted or lacking spots altogether; base hastate-sagittate; apical lobe triangular-lanceolate to ovate; basal lobes directed downward to widely spreading. Peduncle to 60 cm long. Spathe cream- to green-yellow, usually with a dark maroon patch inside at the base, obconic with an apical apex; spadix 3-5 cm long; female flowers greenish; male flowers yellow.

Both common and scientific names refer to the white spots on the leaves. These are, however, quite often entirely absent.
Derivation of specific name: albomaculata: white-spotted
Habitat: In damp grass, bracken and marshy areas.
Altitude range: 1100 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho and South Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Content last updated: Sunday 10 March 2019

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Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. Page 1. (Includes a picture).

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 86 - 87. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Zantedeschia albomaculata subsp. albomaculata., retrieved 15 July 2024

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