Freesia laxa (Thunb.) Goldblatt & Manning
subsp. laxa

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Freesia laxa subsp. laxa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

Freesia laxa subsp. laxa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

Freesia laxa subsp. laxa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

Freesia laxa subsp. laxa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

Freesia laxa subsp. laxa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

Freesia laxa subsp. laxa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Anomatheca cruenta Lindl.
Anomatheca laxa (Thunb.) Goldblatt subsp. laxa
Gladiolus laxus Thunb.
Lapeirousia cruenta (Lindl.) Baker
Lapeirousia graebneriana Harms
Lapeirousia laxa (Thunb.) N.E. Br.
Meristostigma laxum (Thunb.) A. Dietr.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb 20–35 cm high, growing from a conical corm, c. 1 cm in diameter. Leaves several, usually exceeding the inflorescence, narrowly lanceolate. Stem erect, usually unbranched. Inflorescence a 2–6-flowered spike, held more or less horizontal. Flowers zygomorphic, pink to red, with either darker marks at the base of the lower 3 tepals; perianth tube erect, slender, 18–33 mm long; tepals, broadly ovate to oblong, 9–13 cm long, held at right angles to the tube. Style branching between the base and middle of the anthers; style branches c. 2.5 mm long, deeply forked, often tangled among the anthers. Capsules 9–12 mm long, nearly smooth to lightly papillose in the upper half.
Type location:
South Africa
Notes: Not mentioned in Burrow & Willis, 2005 (Sabonet report 31) but other specimens from Nyika seen at BR.
Derivation of specific name: laxa: open, loose, lax
Habitat: On rocky hillsides and outcrops, sometimes along forest margins.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Southern DRC, Uganda, western Kenya, Southern Tanzania, northern Malawi, southern Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces):
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Content last updated: Wednesday 27 March 2019
Literature:

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.

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 52 - 54. As Anomatheca laxa subsp. laxa (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. & Manning, J.C. (1995). Phylogeny of the African Genera Anomatheca and Freesia and a new genus Xenoscapa Systematic Botany 20(2) Page 171.

Manning, J.C. & Goldblatt, P. (2010). Botany and Horticulture of the Genus Freesia (Iridaceae) Strelitzia 27 South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria Pages 29 - 33. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 115.

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Flora of Malawi: Freesia laxa subsp. laxa
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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Freesia laxa
African Plant Database: Freesia laxa
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Freesia laxa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Freesia laxa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Freesia laxa
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Freesia laxa
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Freesia laxa
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Freesia laxa
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Freesia laxa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Freesia laxa
Ispot Southern Africa: Freesia laxa
JSTOR Plant Science: Freesia laxa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Freesia laxa
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Freesia laxa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Freesia laxa
The Plant List (version 1.1): Freesia laxa
Tropicos: Freesia laxa


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Freesia laxa subsp. laxa.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=182070, retrieved 17 July 2019

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