Dipcadi platyphyllum Baker

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Dipcadi platyphyllum

Picture: Helen Pickering
South of Livingstone: around the parking lot at Gorge swing

Dipcadi platyphyllum

Picture: Helen Pickering
South of Livingstone: around the parking lot at Gorge swing

Dipcadi platyphyllum

Seeds & pods
Edge of grassland and woodland
Lilayi, Lusaka District
Dec 2018
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Dipcadi ciliatum Engl. & Krause
Dipcadi monophyllum Krause & Dinter
Ornithogalum planifolium J.C. Manning & Goldblatt
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial bulbous herb. Leaf solitary basal, elliptic lanceolate, basal lobes more or less clasping the flowering stem; margin wavy. Inflorescence an erect terminal one-sided raceme. Flowers pendulous, green.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: platyphyllum: wide-leaved
Habitat: In grassland or open woodland, in seasonal pans and on poorly drained soils.
Altitude range: Up to 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 7 January 2020

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.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 64. (Includes a picture).

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

van der Walt, R. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Limpopo Valley Retha van der Walt, Musina, South Africa Page 348. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Dipcadi platyphyllum
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dipcadi platyphyllum
African Plant Database: Dipcadi platyphyllum
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JSTOR Plant Science: Dipcadi platyphyllum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dipcadi platyphyllum
Plants of the World Online: Dipcadi platyphyllum
Tropicos: Dipcadi platyphyllum
Wikipedia: Dipcadi platyphyllum

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: Dipcadi platyphyllum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114370, retrieved 16 June 2024

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