Moraea bella Harms

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Moraea bella

Riverside dambo grassland
Kawambwa Distr.
Feb 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Moraea bella

Riverside dambo grassland
Kawambwa Distr.
Feb 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Moraea bella

Riverside dambo grassland
Kawambwa Distr.
Feb 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Plants (30)40-70 cm tall growing from corms c. 15 mm across with tunics of pale medium to coarse fibres; foliage leaf solitary, linear, 2.5-6 mm wide and channelled, much exceeding the stem; flowers pale yellow with deeper yellow nectar guides on the outer tepals and the limbs conspicuously darkly veined and spotted in the lower half; outer tepals 45-55(65) mm long, lanceolate, the limb 25-40 mm long and often slightly exceeding the claw; inner tepals 35-55(60) mm long, lanceolate, erect; filaments 9-14 mm long and free in the upper third, anthers 8-10 mm long; ovary 15-20 mm long and usually exserted; capsules 20-30 mm long, oblong.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: bella: beautiful
Habitat: Restricted to wet habitats, marshes, dambos and streambanks.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Feb - Jun
Worldwide distribution: DRC through Zambia to Malawi and Mozambique
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,E,Lk
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 31 May 2022

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 20 - 22. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Moraea bella
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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: Moraea bella., retrieved 24 June 2024

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