Siphonochilus rhodesicus (T.C.E. Fr.) Lock

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Siphonochilus rhodesicus

Lusaka cultivated ex Mbala Isanya Coffee Farm (MB12810); Jan 2005
Photo: Mike Bingham

Siphonochilus rhodesicus

Lusaka, cultivated ex Mkushi
Nov 2014
Photo: Mike Bingham

Siphonochilus rhodesicus

Lusaka, cultivated ex Mkushi
Nov 2014
Photo: Mike Bingham

Siphonochilus rhodesicus

Tepals white; Former woodland; Mbala, Isanya coffee farm; Oct 2004.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Siphonochilus rhodesicus

Lusaka cultivated ex Mkushi; Oct 2014.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Siphonochilus rhodesicus

Woodland; Mutinondo
Oct 2011
Photo: Lari Merrett

Siphonochilus rhodesicus

Lusaka,cultivated ex Mkushi
Nov 2014
Photo: Mike Bingham

Siphonochilus rhodesicus

Petals & labellum
Lusaka cultivated ex Mkushi
Nov 2014
Photo: Mike Bingham

Siphonochilus rhodesicus

Luanshya; Dec 1970.
Photo: Doug Laing

Siphonochilus rhodesicus

Luanshya; Nov 1970.
Photo: Doug Laing

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Synonyms: Kaempferia rhodesica T.C.E. Fr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb from a short subspherical rhizome. Leaf sheaths rolled together to form a pseudostem; ligule membranous, to 5 mm. or more in length. Flowers c. 6 on each peduncle; peduncles very short; appearing before the leaves. Corolla tube and petals pink; labellum mostly white with yellow nectar guides, occasionally pink or purple.
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Notes: Pollinated by crespuscular hawkmoths (Plowes & Drummond, 1990
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Habitat: Higher rainfall miombo woodland
Altitude range: 1350 - 1950 m
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,Mc,C
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Content last updated: Wednesday 19 November 2014

Lock, J.M. (2010). Zingiberaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(4) Page 130.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 35 - 36. as Kaempferia rhodesica (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Siphonochilus rhodesicus., retrieved 25 September 2023

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