Aristea angolensis Baker

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Aristea angolensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
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Aristea angolensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Val D'Or

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Synonyms: Aristea cooperi Baker
Aristea majubensis Baker
Aristea nandiensis Baker
Aristea zombensis Baker
Common names:
Perennial herb, up to 90 cm tall, growing from a short rhizome. Leaves several, mostly basal, about half as long as the stem, linear to narrowly lanceolate, 2.5-7 cm wide; stem leaves progressively shorter above. Stem mostly 2-6 branched, compressed, 2-angled but not winged; side branches fairly short, erect. Flowers more or less sessile in 4-14, 4-6-flowered clusters, blue. Spathes and bracts with entire to lightly lacerate margins when young, becoming more lacerate with age. Capsule 5-7 mm long, ovoid-obovoid.
Derivation of specific name: angolensis: of Angola
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Free-State, South Africa
Malawi distribution: N,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 309.

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 3 - 4.

Linley, K. & Baker, B. (1972). Flowers of the Veld Bundu Series Longman Zimbabwe Page 26. (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 92.

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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: Aristea angolensis., retrieved 13 April 2024

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