Ledebouria buchananii (Baker) ??

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Synonyms: Scilla buchananii Baker
Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb 5-30 cm high, growing from a bulb. Leaves shiny, often mottled with purple. Inflorescences 3-3 per plant. Flowers greenish-grey to turquoise-blue with purple stamens. See Plants of the World Online and African Plants Database.
Notes: The taxonomic status of this species is unknown. It is only known from the type (Buchanan 193) and was described from a plant that flowered at Kew in 1893 as Scilla buchananii Baker. In the latest revision of Scilla its new affinities are unclear. It probably belongs in Ledebouria but has not yet been formally transferred.
Derivation of specific name: buchananii: after John Buchanan (1855 – 1896), Scottish horticulturist, missionary, farmer and plant collector in Malawi, who became Acting British Consul to Central Africa. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Buchanan_(settler).
Habitat: Dry grassland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Only known from the Shire Highlands, Southern Malawi.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
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Literature:

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 31 - 32. As Scilla buchananii (Includes a picture).

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ledebouria buchananii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ledebouria buchananii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ledebouria buchananii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ledebouria buchananii
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iNaturalist: Ledebouria buchananii
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ledebouria buchananii
JSTOR Plant Science: Ledebouria buchananii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ledebouria buchananii
Plants of the World Online: Ledebouria buchananii
Tropicos: Ledebouria buchananii
Wikipedia: Ledebouria buchananii


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: Ledebouria buchananii.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=231970, retrieved 24 April 2024

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