Kniphofia linearifolia Baker

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Kniphofia linearifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Summit, Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Kniphofia linearifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Summit, Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Kniphofia linearifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr dam wall, Cleveland Dam

Kniphofia linearifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr dam wall, Cleveland Dam

Kniphofia linearifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near World's View, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Kniphofia rhodesiana Rendle
Common names: Common red hot poker (English)
Status: Native
Robust clump-forming perennial herb, up to 1.5 m. Leaves linear, strongly keeled. Inflorescence a dense terminal raceme. Flowers orange-red in bud, turning yellow when open.
Derivation of specific name: linearifolia: with linear leaves
Habitat: In vleis and on hill sides of damp grass and bracken
Altitude range: 700 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,S
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Content last updated: Saturday 8 August 2015

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 292. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 35.

Kativu, S. (1996). Asphodelaceae of the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 16(1) Pages 33 - 34.

Kativu, S. (2001). Asphodelaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 31 - 32.

Linley, K. & Baker, B. (1972). Flowers of the Veld Bundu Series Longman Zimbabwe Pages 16 - 17. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 86.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Page 25. (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 5, plate 17 & 18

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 81.

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Flora of Mozambique: Kniphofia linearifolia
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Kniphofia linearifolia
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Kniphofia linearifolia
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Tropicos: Kniphofia linearifolia
Wikipedia: Kniphofia linearifolia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Kniphofia linearifolia., retrieved 22 September 2023

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