Lapeirousia schimperi (Asch. & Klatt) Milne-Redh.

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Lapeirousia schimperi

Picture: Helen Pickering
Going north from Falls to Livingstone on left about half way in damp depression under large tree

Lapeirousia schimperi

Picture: Helen Pickering
Going north from Falls to Livingstone on left about half way in damp depression under large tree

Lapeirousia schimperi

Jan 2004
Photo: Mike Bingham

Lapeirousia schimperi

Jan 2004
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Acidanthera unicolor Hochst. ex Baker
Anomatheca angolensis Baker
Lapeirousia angolensis (Baker) R.C. Foster
Lapeirousia cyanescens Welw. ex Baker
Lapeirousia dinteri Vaupel
Lapeirousia edulis Schinz
Lapeirousia fragrans Welw. ex Baker
Lapeirousia monteiroi Baker
Lapeirousia porphyrosiphon Baker
Lapeirousia uliginosa Dinter
Tritonia schimperi Asch. & Klatt
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb, to 80 cm tall, growing from corms. Foliage leaves 3 or more, the lower 2 usually exceeding the inflorescence; upper leaves smaller and bract-like. Stem laxly branched. Inflorescence a lax false panicle. Flowers zygomorphic, white to cream, rarely pale violet; perianth-tube long, 10-15 cm; tepals 6-7 mm wide, extended at right angles to the tube. Stamens 1-sided. Style divided, the branches forked.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: schimperi: named after Wilhelm Schimper, explorer and collector, particularly in Ethiopia.
Habitat: In damp places such as streamsides, dambos and seasonal marshes, in arid country.
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Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Caprivi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Sudan, Tanzania,Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S,W
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 16 November 2016

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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 24.

Goldblatt, P. (1990). Systematics of Lapeirousia (Iridaceae–Ixioideae) in Tropical Africa Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 77(3) Pages 472 - 476. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 36 - 38. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 391. (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 116.

Roodt, V. (2011). Wild flowers, Waterplants and Grasses of the Okavango Delta and Kalahari "Did You Know" nature series Struik Nature for Veronica Roodt Publications Page 36. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 125.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 185.

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Flora of Botswana: Lapeirousia schimperi
Flora of Caprivi: Lapeirousia schimperi
Flora of Malawi: Lapeirousia schimperi
Flora of Zimbabwe: Lapeirousia schimperi

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lapeirousia schimperi
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Lapeirousia schimperi
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lapeirousia schimperi
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Lapeirousia schimperi
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JSTOR Plant Science: Lapeirousia schimperi
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lapeirousia schimperi
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Lapeirousia schimperi
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lapeirousia schimperi
Plants of the World Online: Lapeirousia schimperi
The Plant List (version 1.1): Lapeirousia schimperi
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Wikipedia: Lapeirousia schimperi

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Lapeirousia schimperi., retrieved 6 August 2020

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