Kalanchoe elizae Berger

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Kalanchoe elizae

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Mt Ribaue.

Kalanchoe elizae

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Mt Ribaue.

Kalanchoe elizae

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Mt Ribaue.

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Synonyms: Cotyledon insignis N.E. Br.
Kalanchoe insignis (N.E. Br.) N.E. Br.
Kalanchoe laurensii R.-Hamet
Common names:
Status: Native
A completely hairless succulent perennial herb, up to 1·8 m high including the inflorescence. Stems 1-few, erect, red or pale green suffused with red, often leafless at flowering time. Leaves fleshy, green, broadly obovate or almost circular to oblong, 6·5-20·8 cm long, contracted at the base into a broad petiole or gradually narrowing into a subpetiolar flat base; uppermost leaves sessile; midrib somewhat impressed above, slightly prominent beneath; margin subcrenate, undulate or entire; petiole up to 1·5 cm long. Flowers slightly zygomorphic, with the mouth directed upwards forming a terminal, pyramidal, loose, panicle-like inflorescence 9-28 cm high and 12-40 cm wide; branches decussate, divaricate, with flowers only in the upper half; pedicels 4-18 mm long, thickened towards the apex; bracts oblong-linear to elliptic. Calyx 2·5-10 mm long, dark red, falling off with the corolla; tube 1·5-2·75 mm long; lobes broadly triangular. Corolla 30-55 mm long, dark yellow or orange to red; tube 21-40 mm long, slightly curved upwards; lobes lanceolate or ovate-oblong, 10-16 mm long, asymmetrical the apex, reflexed, yellow-orange or light red on the back and yellowish-green suffused with light red on the upper side.
Notes: A distinctive species with large flowers that are slightly zygomophic, showing a curved corolla-tube, asymmetrical corolla-limb and stamens with the filaments also curved.
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Habitat: In rocky habitats.
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Malawi and northern Mozambique.
Malawi distribution: S
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Content last updated: Tuesday 22 September 2020

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 26 - 27. (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 50. as Kalanchoe laurensii

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 83.

Fernandes, R. (1983). Crassulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Page 56.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 73.

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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: Kalanchoe elizae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=174560, retrieved 30 March 2023

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