Aristea torulosa Klatt

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Aristea torulosa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Road to Bunga Views, Vumba.

Aristea torulosa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Road to Bunga Views, Vumba.

Aristea torulosa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Road to Bunga Views, Vumba.

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Synonyms: Aristea affinis N.E. Br.
Aristea gracilis N.E. Br.
Aristea woodii N.E. Br.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb, up to 70 cm tall. Leaves 6-10, basal, half as long as the stem; 3-5 short, sheathing leaves along the slightly compressed unwinged and unbranched stem. Flowers in 3-8, 2-4-flowered clusters, together forming a spike-like arrangement, blue. Spathes and bracts with lacerate margins. Capsule 6-10 mm long, ellipsoid-ovoid.
Type location:
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In vleis, along streams and in moist places in submontane grassland.
Altitude range: 1500 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 309. as Aristea woodii (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6. as Aristea woodii

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 127. as Aristea woodii

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 5 - 6. as Aristea woodii

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. as Aristea woodii

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 83. as Aristea woodii

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Flora of Malawi: Aristea torulosa
Flora of Mozambique: Aristea torulosa
Flora of Zimbabwe: Aristea torulosa

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aristea torulosa
African Plant Database: Aristea torulosa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aristea torulosa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aristea torulosa
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aristea torulosa
JSTOR Plant Science: Aristea torulosa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aristea torulosa
Plants of the World Online: Aristea torulosa
Tropicos: Aristea torulosa
Wikipedia: Aristea torulosa

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: Aristea torulosa., retrieved 13 April 2024

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