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This species is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea to NE. DR Congo.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb from small corm-like rootstock with slightly fleshy roots 3–4 mm in diameter.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves linear, 30–100 cm long, 1–2 cm wide towards the base, prominently keeled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 50–150 cm tall; raceme very dense, 4–15 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, opening from the top downwards; fertile bracts lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, 6–10 mm long, 1–2 mm wide at the base, acuminate at the apex; pedicels 1.5–3.5 mm long, elongating to 6 mm in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers yellow to orange-yellow or red; perianth-tube campanulate, 9–19 mm long, 2 mm wide around the ovary, slightly constricted above the ovary, 6–7 mm wide at the mouth; stamens exserted for 10–13 mm, filaments yellow to red, anthers orange or red; style exserted for 13–15 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsules ovoid to globose, 6–10 mm long, 6–8 mm wide.
Habitat
Not known for East Africa, grassland often near streams or on steep slopes in Ethiopia; ± 2600 m
Distribution
K1 U1

Native to:

Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Zaïre

Kniphofia pumila (Aiton) Kunth appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1990 Schimper [1192], Ethiopia K000256209 Unknown type material
Jan 1, 1990 Schimper [1192], Ethiopia K000256210 Unknown type material
Jan 1, 1990 Leichtlin [s.n.], Ethiopia K000256158 Unknown type material
Ash [2211], Ethiopia 35823.000
Leichtlin [s.n.], Ethiopia K000256154 Unknown type material
Leichtlin [s.n.], Ethiopia K000256155 Unknown type material
s.coll. [s.n.], Ethiopia K000256156 Unknown type material
Unknown from label. [s.n.], Ethiopia K000256211 Unknown type material
Leichtlin [s.n.], Ethiopia K000256157 Unknown type material
s.coll. [s.n.], South Africa K000256274 Unknown type material
Jan 1, 1967 Gyliff? [200-92], South Africa Kniphofia carinata K000256276 Unknown type material
Gyliff? [200-92], South Africa Kniphofia carinata K000256275 Unknown type material
Bally, P.R.R., Ethiopia Kniphofia leichtlinii 4467.000

First published in Enum. Pl. 4: 552 (1843)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Demissew, S. & Nordal, I. (2010). Aloes and other Lilies of Ethiopia and Eritrea, ed, 2: 1-351. Shama Books, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (1997). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 6: 1-586. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Geerinck, D.J.L. (2015). Flore d'Afrique Centrale (Zaïre - Rwanda - Burundi), n.s., Asphodelaceae: 1-43. Jardin Botanique National de Belgique, Meise.
  • 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

  • Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (1997). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 6: 1-586. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Whitehouse, C. (2002). Asphodelaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-18.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Codd in Journ. S. Afr. Bot. 29: 145–149 (1963).
  • Cufod., Enumeratio Plantarum Aethiopiae Spermatophyta (Supplement in Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg.) p. 1541 (1971).
  • Kunth, Enum. Pl. 4: 552 (1843).
  • Marais in Kew Bulletin 28: 471 (1973).
  • Sebsebe & Nordal in Fl. Ethiopia 6: 107, fig. 191.1 (1997).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0