Curculigo pilosa (Schumach. & Thonn.) Engl.

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Curculigo pilosa

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Metuge District

Curculigo pilosa

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Metuge District

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Synonyms: Curculigo gallabatensis Schweinf. ex Baker
Curculigo gallabatensis Schweinf. ex Baker var. major Baker
Curculigo minor Guinea
Curculigo pilosa (Schumach & Thonn.) Engl. subsp. minor (Guinea) Wiland
Curculigo pilosa (Schumach & Thonn.) Engl. subsp. major (Baker) Wiland
Gethyllis pilosa Schumach. & Thonn.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb up to 45 cm high, growing from a vertical cylindrical rhizome, up to 9.5 cm long. Leaves many, stiffly erect; outer ones sheathing at the base with lamina absent or up to 12 cm long, more or less densely hairy; inner leaves 2-6, linear-lanceolate to linear-elliptic, up to 45 cm long, plicate, thinly hairy with stellate hairs or almost hairless, narrowing into a hairy pseudopetiole before sheathing at the base. Inflorescences up to 3with peduncles usually less than 2 cm long, flattened in cross-section, hairy. Flowers 1-2, subsessile, yellow, 2-3.5 cm in diameter. Fruit fusiform, 17-30 mm long with the remains of the perianth tube at the apex, eclosed within 2 bracts up to 20 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: pilosa: pilose, with long soft hairs
Habitat: Usually in alluvial soils near rivers in mopane and mixed deciduous woodland.
Altitude range: 80 - 1200 m
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Worldwide distribution: Fairly widespread in tropical Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s): Perennial.
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Content last updated: Monday 8 August 2016

Binns, B. (1968). A First Check List of the Herbaceous Flora of Malawi The Government Printer, Zomba, Malawi Page 18. Also as Curculigo gallabatensis (Under Amaryllidaceae)

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.

Nordal, I. & Zimudzi, C. (2001). Hypoxidaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 2 - 4. (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: Curculigo pilosa., retrieved 22 April 2024

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