Wurmbea tenuis (Hook. f.) Baker
subsp. goetzei (Engl.) B. Nord.

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Wurmbea tenuis subsp. goetzei

Photo: Penny English
Below old stables, Chelinda area, Nyika National Park.

Wurmbea tenuis subsp. goetzei

Photo: Penny English
Below old stables, Chelinda area, Nyika National Park.

Wurmbea tenuis subsp. goetzei

Photo: Penny English
Below old stables, Chelinda area, Nyika National Park.

Wurmbea tenuis subsp. goetzei

Photo: Penny English
Below old stables, Chelinda area, Nyika National Park.

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Synonyms: Wurmbea goetzei Engl.
Wurmbea homblei De Wild.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, up to 20 cm high, growing from an obconic, ovoid or subglobose corm, 12-18 mm long.Basal leas one, more or less erect, narrowly linear, 8-16 mm long. Leaves along the stem 1-2, sheathing at the base, 2-5 cm long, normally shorter than the inflorescence. Inflorescence up to 4 cm long, 1-7 flowered. Flowers 10-14 mm wide, white to pale mauve with darker blue-purple or greenish spots on the spreading tepals, sometimes pale yellow and green in the centre. Styles 3. Capsule erect, ovoid, 8-`5 mm long, crowned by the persistent styles.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In montane grassland or wooded grassland with scattered Uapaca, both in wet grassy patches or dry sandy soils.
Altitude range: 1200 - 2330 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 16 December 2020
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 204 - 205. (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 294. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. (2009). Colchicaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2) Pages 180 - 181. (Includes a picture).

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 31 - 32. as Wurmbea tenuis (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 107.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Wurmbea tenuis subsp. goetzei.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=180170, retrieved 27 January 2021

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