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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. DR Congo to S. Tanzania and Malawi.

[FZ]

Asphodelaceae, S. Kativu. Flora Zambesiaca 12:3. 2001

Morphology General Habit
Plants solitary, 1.5–3 m tall.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome with short, well-spaced, erect, shoot-bearing branches; roots thick, fleshy.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 1.8–2 m long, 2.3–3.7 cm wide at the base, linear, acuminate, strongly keeled, tough and fibrous, with serrulate margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle up to 2.5 m long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme 30–60 cm long, lax or ± dense, very dense in bud, elongating as the flowers open; bracts 5.5–11 mm long, oblong to ovate-oblong, rounded, brownish, with fimbriate-serrulate margins; pedicels 3–6 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers patent, red, orange-red, light vermillion or orange, with yellow tips, buds red.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth 25–38 mm long, slightly curved, constricted above the ovary, gradually widened to the mouth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens included or the anthers just exserted at anthesis, later withdrawn; anthers turning blackish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style eventually exserted by 3–10 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule not seen.

[FTEA]

Asphodelaceae, Christopher Whitehouse. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2002

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb from a thick rhizome up to 3.7 cm in diameter, with spreading fleshy yellowish roots 2–3 mm wide.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves in a basal rosette, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 115–180 cm long, up to 3.7 cm wide towards the base, strongly keeled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 1–3 m high; peduncle 7–14 mm in diameter; raceme lax to dense, 25–60 cm long, 4–6.5 cm wide; fertile bracts oblong to lanceolate, 6–10 mm long, 1–2 mm wide at the base, obtuse at the apex; pedicels 4–6 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers orange to bright red, yellow at the tips at anthesis, pendent, straight to slightly decurved; the perianth-tube 30–35 mm long, 3–4 mm wide around the ovary, constricted above the ovary into a long narrow tube 1–2 mm wide, then flared to 5–7 mm wide at mouth, the lobes narrow, 2–4 mm long; stamens level with the tube or slightly exserted; style exserted, up to 12 mm in older flowers; filaments and style yellow, anthers blackish with yellow pollen.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid to trigonous, ± 6 mm long, ± 6 mm wide.
Habitat
Rough upland grassland, among tall grass and often by streams; (?1600–)2000–2550 (–?2750) m
Distribution
T4 T7

Native to:

Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zaïre

Recorded in error in:

Uganda

Kniphofia princeae (A.Berger) Marais appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Brummitt, R.K. [10749], Malawi 37684.000

First published in Kew Bull. 28: 470 (1973 publ. 1974)

Accepted by

  • Geerinck, D.J.L. (2015). Flore d'Afrique Centrale (Zaïre - Rwanda - Burundi), n.s., Asphodelaceae: 1-43. Jardin Botanique National de Belgique, Meise.
  • Pope, G.V. (ed.) (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 12(3): 1-106. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1988). Flora du Rwanda 4: 1-651. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
  • Whitehouse, C. (2002). Asphodelaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-18.
  • Whitehouse, C. (2016). Kniphofia; The complete guide: 1-440. Royal Horticultural Society.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1988). Flora du Rwanda 4: 1-651. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
  • Whitehouse, C. (2002). Asphodelaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-18.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Champl. in Fl. Rwanda 4: 54, fig. 17/1 (1988).
  • Kativu in Kirkia 16: 33 (1996).
  • Marais in Kew Bulletin 28: 470 (1973).
  • S. Blackmore in Nyala 6: 120, fig. 3, 10, 17 (1980).

Flora Zambesiaca
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
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