Eucomis autumnalis (Mill.) Chitt.

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Eucomis autumnalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along main road between Lake Kaulime turn-off and Kaperepezaroad, Nyika National Park

Eucomis autumnalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along main road between Lake Kaulime turn-off and Kaperepezaroad, Nyika National Park

Eucomis autumnalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along main road between Lake Kaulime turn-off and Kaperepezaroad, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Eucomis undulata Aiton
Common names: Pineapple flower (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial bulbous herb, growing an annual rosette of leaves and a cylindric inflorescence on a fleshy stem. The inflorescence is typically topped by a second, smaller rosette of leaves.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: autumnalis: in autumn, referring to the flowering time. In fact not appropriate to these plants, which in our region usually flower during the height of the summer rains.
Habitat: A species of vlei margins and grassland, woodland and moist rocky terrain, mostly in the wetter parts of the country.
Altitude range: 980 - 2400 m
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Friday 5 April 2019
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 194 - 195. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 307. as Eucomis autumnalis autumnalis (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 126. As Eucomis zambesiaca

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 356. (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 91. as Eucomis autumnalis subsp. amaryllidifolia

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 115.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 4, plate 16

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 123. as Eucomis autumnalis clavata

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

Other sources of information about Eucomis autumnalis:

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Flora of Botswana: Eucomis autumnalis
Flora of Mozambique: Eucomis autumnalis
Flora of Zambia: Eucomis autumnalis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Eucomis autumnalis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eucomis autumnalis
African Plant Database: Eucomis autumnalis
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Eucomis autumnalis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Eucomis autumnalis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Eucomis autumnalis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eucomis autumnalis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eucomis autumnalis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Eucomis autumnalis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Eucomis autumnalis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eucomis autumnalis
Ispot Southern Africa: Eucomis autumnalis
JSTOR Plant Science: Eucomis autumnalis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eucomis autumnalis
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Eucomis autumnalis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eucomis autumnalis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Eucomis autumnalis
Tropicos: Eucomis autumnalis


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Eucomis autumnalis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114550, retrieved 25 June 2019

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