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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Common names:
Bulbous perennial with the stem decumbent or semi-prostrate. The flowers usually one sided, facing upwards, and appear before the leaves.
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Derivation of specific name: kirkii: named after Dr John Kirk, who accompanied David Livingstone on his Zambezi expedition of 1858
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Flowering time:Aug - Oct
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Content last updated: Monday 18 July 2016

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.

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.

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

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Albuca kirkii
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Albuca kirkii., retrieved 24 March 2018

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