Trachyandra arvensis (Schinz) Oberm.

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Trachyandra arvensis

Sand dune
Lake Bangweulu, Samfya Distr.
Feb 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Trachyandra arvensis

Sand dune
Lake Bangweulu, Samfya Distr.
Feb 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Trachyandra arvensis

Sand dune
Lake Bangweulu, Samfya Distr.
Feb 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Anthericum arvense Schinz
Anthericum flavoviride Baker
Anthericum gilvum K. Krause
Anthericum gilvum K. Krause var. brunneolum Poelln.
Anthericum pallidiflavum Engl. & Gilg
Common names:
Status: Native
Hairless perennial herb up to c. 110 cm high, growing from a small woody rhizome. Leaves numerous, basal, grass-like, more or less erect, up to 60 cm long, blue-green. Inflorescences 1-5, more or less erect, laxly branching, wiry;main peduncle stout, up to 50 cm long. Bracts ovate, 2-4 mm long, membranous, white with a brown keel. Flowers numerous, spaced on the terminal branches;pedicels mostly 8-35 mm long, recurved in flower, ascending in fruit. Perianth segments 6-10 mm long,cream-coloured or yellowish with a darker keel. Stamens yellowish densely covered in papillae in the upper half. Capsule ovoid to subglobose.4-7 mm long, smooth, often sparsely yellow-flecked.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: arvensis: of cultivated fields, the reference is not clear.
Habitat: In moist open grassland, on floodplains, grassy vleis and riverbanks, usually on sandy soils.
Altitude range: 900 - 1300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana Namibia and Angola.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S,W
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Content last updated: Friday 3 June 2022

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 321. (Includes a picture).

Kativu, S. (1996). Asphodelaceae of the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 16(1) Pages 40 - 41.

Kativu, S. (2001). Asphodelaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 37 - 38.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 107.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 116.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 181.

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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: Trachyandra arvensis., retrieved 5 March 2024

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