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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to N. Tanzania.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb from a thick rhizome up to 6 cm long, 2.5 cm in diameter, with spreading fleshy yellowish roots 1.5–3 mm in diameter.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves in a basal rosette, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 30–150 cm long, 1–3.5 cm wide towards the base, 3-angled and channelled, the outer leaves reduced to membranous sheaths up to 5.5 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 30–120(–305) cm high; peduncle 9–13 mm in diameter; raceme lax to dense, 7–40 cm long, 3.5–7 cm wide; fertile bracts ovate to cuspidate, (6–)9–15 mm long, 1–4 mm wide at the base, acute to acuminate or filiform at the apex, the keel extended often well beyond the margins; pedicels 2–4 mm long, up to 6 mm long in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers orange-red to yellow or a mixture, usually redder towards the apex of the raceme, pendent, often decurved; the perianth-tube 18–38 mm long, 3–6 mm wide at mouth, 3–5 mm wide around ovary, constricted above the ovary to 1.5–2.5 mm wide, the lobes 1–3 mm long, sometimes spreading; stamens included within the tube or slightly exserted, style exserted up to 8 mm in older flowers; filaments, style and stigma pale yellow, anthers dark brown with yellow pollen.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid to trigonous, 6–10 mm long, 5–8 mm wide, pointed at the apex from the remains of the style-base, transversely ridged; seed 3-angled, 2–4 mm long, 1.5–3 mm wide, black.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

Kniphofia thomsonii Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Hepper, F.N. [5460], Tanzania 34341.000
Christenhusz, M.J.M., Kamau, P., Mbale, M. [6651], Kenya K000696659

First published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 21: 406 (1885)

Accepted by

  • 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

  • A. Berger in A. Engler, Das Pflanzenreich IV, 38: 52, fig. 20/h–k (1908).
  • A. Engler & O. Drude, Die Vegetation Der Erde, IX, Pflanzenwelt Afrikas 2: 316, fig. 214/h–k (1908).
  • Agnew, A.D.Q. & Agnew, S., Upland Kenya Wild Flowers, ed. 2: 313 (1994).
  • Baker in Flora of Tropical Africa 7: 451 (1898).
  • Baker in Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 21: 406 (1885).
  • Blundell, Wild Fl. E. Afr.: 423, t. 490 (1987), pro parte.
  • Bullock in Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Kew 2: 98 (1933).
  • Cufod., Enumeratio Plantarum Aethiopiae Spermatophyta (Supplement in Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg.) p. 1541 (1971).
  • Engl. in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 140 (1895).
  • Grant-Downton in The New Plantsman 4: 148–156 (1997).
  • Hanid in A.D.Q. Agnew, Upland Kenya Wild Flowers p. 688 (1974).
  • Marais in Kew Bulletin 28: 467 (1973), pro parte.
  • Polh. in Journ. E. Afr. Nat. Hist. Soc. 24: 21 (1962).
  • Sebsebe & Nordal in Fl. Ethiopia 6: 111, fig. 191.4 (1997).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
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/
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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