Crinum crassicaule Baker

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Crinum crassicaule

Nov 2008.
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Crinum crassicaule

Lusaka, cultivated from seed collected Mfuwe S`/Nsefu;
Oct 2007.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Crinum crassicaule

Mfuwe S road, in miombo woodland;
Dec 2004.
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Crinum foetidum I. Verd.
Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Leaves more than 7 mm wide, margins ciliate. Flowers generally more than 2 per umbel; zygomorphic, perianth tube curved at anthesis, the segments connivent into a funnel or bell, with a faint pink keel. Fruits dull green, tinged with red; seeds with a foetid smell, papillose, turning black when exposed to air.
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Notes: Difficult to distinguish from C. aurantiacum when not in fruit. The two species are sympatric, also occupying similar habitats. The pink colouring of the midrib of the sepals is generally more conspicuous in C. aurantiacum, but this needs to be confirmed.
Derivation of specific name: crassicaule: thick-stemmed
Habitat: Disturbed areas on sandy soils.
Altitude range: 800 - 1200 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): E,S,W
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Content last updated: Wednesday 25 February 2015

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 50. (Includes a picture).

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 84. as Crinum foetidum

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 24. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 112.

Zimudzi, C., Archer, R.H., Kwembeya, E.G. & Nordal, I. (2008). Amaryllidacae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Page 126.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Crinum crassicaule., retrieved 24 February 2024

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