Moraea verdickii De Wild.

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Moraea verdickii

Picture: Tomas Buruwate
Between Chimbonila and Lichinga, Niassa.

Moraea verdickii

Picture: Tomas Buruwate
Between Chimbonila and Lichinga, Niassa.

Moraea verdickii

Picture: Tomas Buruwate
Between Chimbonila and Lichinga, Niassa.

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Status: Native
Perennial herb up to 75 cm high, growing from corms. Basal leaf solitary, linear, 8-12 mm wide, shortly longer than the stem, channeled or flat. Stem erect, simple, with 2-3 widely spaced sheathing leaves, 9-11 cm long, green with a dry brown apex. Flowers yellow with deeper yellow-brown nectar guides on outer tepals; outer tepals mostly 60-75 mm long; inner tepals 40-70 mm long, lanceolate, erect.
Type location:
DRC, Shaba
Derivation of specific name: verdickii: named after Edgard Antoine Auguste Verdick, Belgian-born plant collector in Katanga.
Habitat: In rocky grassland,along forest margins and in light woodland. Also in seasonally wet areas.
Altitude range: Above 1200 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Eastern Angola, Shaba-DRC, Southwestern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N
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Content last updated: Monday 23 February 2015

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 208 - 209. (Includes a picture).

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 128.

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Page 20.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 116.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Moraea verdickii
African Plant Database: Moraea verdickii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Moraea verdickii
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Moraea verdickii
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Moraea verdickii
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Moraea verdickii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Moraea verdickii
Plants of the World Online: Moraea verdickii
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Wikipedia: Moraea verdickii

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: Moraea verdickii., retrieved 20 March 2023

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