Albuca kirkii (Baker) Brenan

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Albuca kirkii

Roadside grassland
Airport near Lilayi
Dec 2015
Photo: Nick Wightman

Albuca kirkii

Flower with brown central band on each tepal
Roadside grassland
Airport near Lilayi
Dec 2015
Photo: Nick Wightman

Albuca kirkii

Roadside grassland
Cultivated at Dabuyu Farms, Lilayi
Oct 2015
Photo: Nick Wightman

Albuca kirkii

Bulb showing the fibrous neck
Roadside grassland
Cultivated at Dabuyu Farms, Lilayi
May 2016
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Albuca nyikensis Baker
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Status: Native
Slender to robust bulbous perennial with the stem usually erect, sometimes decumbent. Leaves filiform to lanceolate, usually hairless, occasionally hairy, often greyish-green. Inflorescence a more or less lax raceme with few-many flowers; pedicels erect or ascending, more than 1.5 cm long; bracts lanceolate to ovate. Flowers one-sided, facing upwards, in decumbent specimens, sometimes appearing before the leaves, white to greenish yellow with a broad green dorsal band on perianth segments. Capsule ovoid.
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Derivation of specific name: kirkii: named after Dr John Kirk, who accompanied David Livingstone on his Zambezi expedition of 1858
Habitat: Grassland and woodland.
Altitude range: 1200 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,S
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Content last updated: Monday 18 July 2016

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 196 - 197. As Albuca nyikensis but note that the image and the description are both in error and refer to a species of Ornithogalumou (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 307.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 4.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 126.

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 91. Also as A. nyikensis

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 0 - 21. As Albuca nyikensis (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 114.

Stedje, B. (1996). Hyacinthaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 21 - 22.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 108.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 81.

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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: Albuca kirkii., retrieved 24 April 2024

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