Walleria nutans J. Kirk

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Walleria nutans

Chipongwe Cave; Dec 2008.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Walleria nutans

Lusaka, cultivated ex Lusaka; Dec 2000.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Walleria nutans

Nodding flowers are often half hidden under the foliage
Open Woodland/Grassland
cultivated at Dabuyu Farms, Lilayi
Dec 2015
Photo: Nick Wightman

Walleria nutans

Mature warty seeds and adventitious stem tuber on senescenced shoot
Open Woodland/Grassland
cultivated at Dabuyu Farms, Lilayi
May 2016
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Walleria hockii De Wild.
Walleria muricata N.E. Br.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Erect perennial herb up to c. 30 cm tall, growing from 1-5 subspherical tubers, which are often buried up to 20 cm underground. Stem simple or sometimes up to 3-branched, hairless, strongly ribbed, scabrid or sometimes scattered recurved prickles. Leaves along the stem, sessile, linear-lanceolate, up to 17 cm long, longest higher up the stem, sometimes with recurved prickles on the midrib beneath and on the margin. Flowers on peduncles 2-5 cm long, nodding. Tepals white, pink, mauve, purple or blue, spreading, 6-15 mm long. Stamens yellow with blue or purple tips, tightly held together. Fruit a globose capsule, 8-17 mm in diameter, surrounded by the persistent perianth, green, yellow or orange.
Type location:
Notes: Gregarious. Tepals blue or white; Anthers yellow with blue or purple tips. Leaves lanc., long-acuminate, but inconsistent.
Derivation of specific name: nutans: nodding.
Habitat: Shallow soils over dolomite (Lusaka) and granite, in full sun or light shade.
Altitude range: 950 - 1700 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, northern South Africa, Botwana, Namibia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk,S,W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Content last updated: Tuesday 19 July 2016

Cowley, E.J. & Brummitt, R.K. (2001). Tecophilaeaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Page 19.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 80 - 81. (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 112.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 138.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 148.

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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: Walleria nutans.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115600, retrieved 20 April 2024

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