Ferraria glutinosa (Baker) Rendle

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Ferraria glutinosa

Picture: Warren McCleland
Malundwe Hill, Solwezi

Ferraria glutinosa

Kalahari woodland
Kwaleyela area, Senanga District
Dec 2023
Photo: Nick Wightman

Ferraria glutinosa

Kalahari woodland
Kwaleyela area, Senanga District
Dec 2023
Photo: Nick Wightman

Ferraria glutinosa

Kalahari woodland
Kwaleyela area, Senanga District
Dec 2023
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Ferraria randii (Rendle) Rendle
Moraea glutinosa Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb up to c. 70 cm high with an annual stem growing from a depressed-globose corm 10-40 mm in diameter. Leaves several, about half as long as the stem, 4-8 mm wide, linear, often still short or not developed at flowering time. Stem laxly and repeatedly branched, densely brown sticky below the nodes. Flowers in solitary, 2-6-flowered rhipidia per branch. Tepals 25-35 mm long lanceolate, brown, maroon or purple, more or less heavily spotted with yellow, sometimes colouring reversed with a yellowish base and darker spotting; margins crisped. Filaments united in the basal part, forming a column, 8-10 mm long. Style diverging into 3 flattened branches, finely fringed at the apices.
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Derivation of specific name: glutinosa: like glue in texture; sticky, glutinous; referring to the sticky upper parts of the branches.
Habitat: In savanna grassland, usually on sandy or stony ground.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, DRC (Shaba), Namibia, Malawi, Zambia Zimbabwe and Northern Cape, South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,S
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Content last updated: Thursday 4 April 2024

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 17.

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 11 - 13. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 135. (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 92.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 115.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 124.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ferraria glutinosa
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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: Ferraria glutinosa., retrieved 21 June 2024

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