Crinum macowanii Baker

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Crinum macowanii

Lusaka District, Luano Valley, Shikabeta.;
Dec 2004.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Crinum macowanii

Lusaka SE 13 km cultivated
Nov 2010.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Crinum macowanii

Lusaka SE 13 km cultivated;
Nov 2008.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Crinum macowanii

Lusaka SE 13 km
Nov 2010
Photo: Mike Bingham

Crinum macowanii

Nov 2014.
Photo: Eve Hughes

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Synonyms: Crinum johnstonii Baker
Crinum pedicellatum Pax
Common names:
Frequency: Common and widespread
Status: Native
Bulb globose, up to 20 cm in diameter. Leaves in a rosette, glaucous, or occasionally green, up to 118 × 4-22 cm broad, without a distinct scabrous midrib or keel; margin scabrid, slightly to markedly undulate. Flowers 2-18 per umbel. Perianth segments white with a pink keel. Fruits green fading to dull yellow. Seeds with a greyish, water-repellent outer covering over a green photosynthetic layer, variable in shape, floating in water.
Type location:
South Africa
Derivation of specific name: macowanii: Named after Peter MacOwan (1830-1909), English botanist and teacher who collected extensively in the Eastern Cape.
Habitat: Dambo or floodplain grassland
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: From S Ethiopia to South Africa, including Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,Mc,C,Lk,S,W
Growth form(s):
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Content last updated: Wednesday 25 February 2015

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 200 - 201. (Includes a picture).

Bolnick, D. (2007). A Guide to the Common Wild Flowers of Zambia and Neighbouring Regions Revised Edition. WECS, Lusaka, Zambia

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 249. (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.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 3 - 4. As Crinum pedicellatum (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. N0. 11, plate 27 & 28

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 37.

Zimudzi, C., Archer, R.H., Kwembeya, E.G. & Nordal, I. (2008). Amaryllidacae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 129 - 130.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Crinum macowanii., retrieved 19 February 2020

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