Jodrellia fistulosa (Chiov.) Baijnath

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Jodrellia fistulosa

Mopane woodland
Luangwa Valley, Nkwali
Jan 2008
Photo: Mike Bingham

Jodrellia fistulosa

Protea Hill Farm, cultivated ex.Shimabala
Dec 1996
Photo: Mike Bingham

Jodrellia fistulosa

Dec 1995
Photo: Mike Bingham

Jodrellia fistulosa

Miombo woodland
Dabuyu Farms, Lilayi, Lusaka
Jun 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Bulbine breviracemosa Poelln
Bulbine fistulosa Chiov.
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Status: Native
Erect perennial herb. Rhizome much abbreviated, 2-4 mm long, and 4-10 mm in diameter. Some roots enlarged to fusiform tubers interspersed with fibrous roots. Leaves 4-10, the longest up to 50 cm. Peduncles 1-3, erect simple, about 2/3 the length of the leaves. Racemes ± densely many-flowered. Capsule 3-lobed, with 2 seeds per locule.
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Notes: Conservation:Widespread in tropical Africa. Probably more common than the meagre number of collections suggests. Main threat probably habitat loss. Near threatened.
Derivation of specific name: fistulosa: hollow like a pipe but closed at both ends
Habitat: Often in colonies in mopane and miombo woodland, on termite mounds or on dolomite outcrops
Altitude range: 390 - 1350 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Caprivi-Namibia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): E,Lk,W
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Content last updated: Thursday 27 October 2022

Archer, C. (2001). Jodrellia fistulosa, a new generic record for the Flora of Southern Africa region Bothalia 31(1) Pages 39 - 40.

Kativu, S. (1996). Asphodelaceae of the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 16(1) Pages 51 - 52.

Kativu, S. (2001). Asphodelaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 46 - 48. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 86.

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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: Species information: Jodrellia fistulosa., retrieved 12 July 2024

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