Sarcophyte piriei Hutch.

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Sarcophyte piriei

Male inflorescence
Kasanka National Park, Fibwe
Nov 1998
Photo: Jeff Mee

Sarcophyte piriei

Female plant, fruiting
Kakoma workshop, Malimba Area
Dec 2017
Photo: Graeme Ellis

Sarcophyte piriei

Kakoma workshop, Malimba Area
Dec 2017
Photo: Graeme Ellis

Sarcophyte piriei

Female inflorescences in various bud stages; also a male inflorescence at left
Kakoma workshop, Malimba Area
Dec 2017
Photo: Graeme Ellis

Sarcophyte piriei

Male plant
Kakoma workshop, Malimba Area
Dec 2017
Photo: Graeme Ellis

Sarcophyte piriei

Male flowers, with white pollen
Kakoma workshop, Malimba Area
Dec 2017
Photo: Graeme Ellis

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Synonyms: Sarcophyte sanguinea Sparrm. subsp. pirei (Hutch.) B. Hansen
Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Plant to 40 cm tall, not smelling. Tuber 5-13 × 5-11 cm, irregularly lobed. Bracts ovate-lanceolate. Male flowers: perianth segments (2-)3(-4), very fleshy; stamens (2-)3(-4), less than half as along as perianth segments. Female flowers: clusters 0.4 - 1.5 cm long, cylindric to ± spherical.
Type location:
Notes: Conservation status: Widespread, probably not threatened.
Derivation of specific name: piriei: named for Dr J.H.H. Pirie of the East African Medical Staff, a collector of this species
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe; east Africa from Somalia and Ethiopia, to Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): C,Lk
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Content last updated: Friday 26 January 2018

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 29. as Sarcophyte sanguinea

Stannard, B.L. (2006). Balanophoraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 247 - 249. As Sarcophyte sanguinea piriei (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Sarcophyte piriei., retrieved 2 February 2023

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