Siphonochilus parvus Lock

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Siphonochilus parvus

Cultivated, ex Mbala (MB:12804); Jan 2005.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Siphonochilus parvus

In miombo woodland and on termite mounds
Mbala, Isanya Coffee Farm
Oct 2004
Photo: Mike Bingham

Siphonochilus parvus

In miombo woodland and on termite mounds
Mbala, Isanya Coffee Farm
Oct 2004
Photo: Mike Bingham

Siphonochilus parvus

Musonda Falls; Dec 1999.
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Status: Native
Leaves appearing after flowering. Leaf lamina narrowly elliptic, base cuneate, false petiole absent; ligule brown, membranous, 6-10 mm long; sheaths furrowed, forming a well-developed pseudostem. Flowers 9-14, borne on very short peduncles. Corolla lobes 2-2.5 cm long; labellum pale mauve, up to 3.5 cm long; anther crest parallel-sided, c. 2 mm wide.
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Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,Lp,N
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Content last updated: Friday 31 October 2014

Lock, J.M. (1991). A New Species of Siphonochilus (Zingiberaceae) from Tanzania. Kew Bulletin 46 No.2. Pages 269 - 271.

Lock, J.M. (2010). Zingiberaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(4) Pages 130 - 131.

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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: Siphonochilus parvus., retrieved 30 January 2023

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