1024.000 Kniphofia Moench - Red-hot pokers

Kativu, S. (1996) Asphodelaceae of the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 16(1) 27-53

Description of the genus

Clump-forming robust plants (in ours) with a small rhizome. Leaves linear, rosulate to subdistichous, usually keeled. Peduncle terminal. Inflorescence a simple raceme of numerous flowers. Bracts persistent, scarious, longer than pedicels. Pedicels articulated at apex. Flowers spreading or pendulous, yellow and often red near the apex. Perianth fused to form a campanulate to cylindric or ± funnel-shaped tube for more than 3/ 4 of its length; lobes short, unequal. Ovary sessile, ovoid. Capsule spherical to ovoid, triquetrous. Seeds ± flattened, acutely 3-angled or winged.

Derivation of name: For J.J. Kniphof, 1704-1765, professor at Erfurt, Germany

Worldwide: 65 species, mainly tropical and South Africa; 1 in Arabia and 1 in Madagascar

Zambia: 4 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
benguellensis Baker WNw
dubia De Wild. W,CNw,N,C
grantii Baker N,W,CNw,N,CDescription, Image
reynoldsii Codd N,WCb,N

Other sources of information about Kniphofia:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Kniphofia
Flora of Malawi: Kniphofia
Flora of Mozambique: Kniphofia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Kniphofia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Kniphofia

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Kniphofia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=336, retrieved 22 April 2024

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