Drimia elata Jacq. ex Willd.

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Drimia elata

Picture: Michelle Harvey-Hyde
Connemara Lake, World's View, Nyanga

Drimia elata

Picture: Michelle Harvey-Hyde
Connemara Lake, World's View, Nyanga

Drimia elata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Drimia elata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

Drimia elata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

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Synonyms: Drimia zombensis Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial bulbous herb, up to 1.2 m, with overlapping reddish scales on the bulb. Leaves appearing after flowering. Inflorescence an erect terminal raceme. Flowers whitish to purple-brown, subtended by whitish bracts with a small spur near the base.
Type location:
Notes: Recorded for Zambia in Govaerts, R., Zonneveld, B.J.M., Zona, S.A. (2013). World Checklist of Asparagaceae. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
Derivation of specific name: elata: tall, high
Habitat: In grassland, often among rocks.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Jan
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Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 198 - 199. as Drimia zombensis (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. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 23. As Drimia zombensis

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.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Page 24. as Drimia zombensis (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 122.

Stedje, B. (1996). Hyacinthaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 17 - 18.

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

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: Drimia elata.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114310, retrieved 24 July 2024

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