Crinum buphanoides Welw. ex Baker

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Crinum buphanoides

Photo: Di Hull
Cultivated in Harare

Crinum buphanoides

Photo: Di Drummond
Rocky Glen Ranch, West Nicholson.

Crinum buphanoides

Photo: Di Drummond
Rocky Glen Ranch, West Nicholson.

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Synonyms: Crinum amboense Baker
Crinum leucophyllum Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb, growing from a large bulb 10-15 cm wide. Leaves distichous, sheathing at the base forming a distinct false stem up to 30 cm high. Widest leaves 6.5-14 cm broad getting narrower with the uppermost only c. 1 cm broad; margin ciliate; most leaves usually dying off at the apex. Flowering stem robust, 35-45 cm long. Spathe valves c. 10 cm long, reflexed. Inflorescence 13-40-flowered; pedicels 1.5-4.5 cm long; tube slender, 7-12 cm long; perianth segments linear c. 6-7 cm long and 1 cm wide, recurved, white to pink;stames arcuate, erect reddish in the upper portion and anthers yellow; style deep red in upper part. Fruit distinctly beaked.
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Habitat: On river banks and river beds of seasonal streams.
Altitude range: 350 - 1200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Malawi distribution: S
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Content last updated: Tuesday 2 January 2024

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 84.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 112.

Zimudzi, C. (2006). A new record of Crinum buphanoides Baker (Amaryllidaceae) for Zimbabwe Kirkia 18(2) Pages 169 - 170. (Includes a picture).

Zimudzi, C., Archer, R.H., Kwembeya, E.G. & Nordal, I. (2008). Amaryllidacae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Page 122.

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Flora of Botswana: Crinum buphanoides
Flora of Caprivi: Crinum buphanoides
Flora of Zimbabwe: Crinum buphanoides

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Crinum buphanoides
African Plant Database: Crinum buphanoides
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JSTOR Plant Science: Crinum buphanoides
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Crinum buphanoides
Plants of the World Online: Crinum buphanoides
Tropicos: Crinum buphanoides
Wikipedia: Crinum buphanoides

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: Crinum buphanoides., retrieved 22 July 2024

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