Gloriosa sessiliflora Nordal & M.G. Bingham

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Gloriosa sessiliflora

Lealui; Dec 2003.
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Gloriosa sessiliflora

Bulozi floodplain, on the side of a mound; 2 km W of Lealui; Dec 1995.
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Gloriosa sessiliflora

Sprouting tuber;
Nov 2014.
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Gloriosa sessiliflora

Lusaka, cultivated; Dec 2014.
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Gloriosa sessiliflora

Lusaka, grown from a tuber from Sioma; Jan 2015.
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Gloriosa sessiliflora

Mwandi; Dec 2008.
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Gloriosa sessiliflora

Mwandi, Zambezi floodplain; Nov 2003.
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Gloriosa sessiliflora

Sioma, Ngonye Falls, on Zambezi River bank; Apr 2014.
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Common names:
Frequency: Locally abundant
Status: Native
Herb, erect, to 1 m. tall, or leaning and scrambling; with a single leafy lateral branch arising below the shorter flowering branch. Differs from G. superba in the flowers usually sessile and facing sideways, exceptionally stalked; funnel-shaped, the tepals not reflexed, orange or yellow, margins sinuate. Stamens approximately half the length of the tepals, not wide spreading, slightly upturned.
Type location:
Notes: Conservation status: Apparently widespread in the Upper Zambezi floodplains.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In riverine thickets and grassland, on slightly elevated banks of floodplain channels, or on the lower slopes of floodplain termite mounds. .
Altitude range: 950 - 1000 m
Flowering time:Dec
Worldwide distribution: South-western Zambia and Angola; unconfirmed reports from Caprivi.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B
Zambian distribution (Provinces): W
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Content last updated: Wednesday 14 January 2015

Bingham, M.G. & Smith, P.P. (2002). Zambia, in Janice S. Golding: Southern African Plant Red Data List Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No 24 SABONET Page 140.

Maroyi, A. (2012). The genus Gloriosa (Colchicaceae) - ethnobotany, phylogeny and taxonomy Wageningen University, Netherlands Page 120. Thesis (Includes a picture).

Nordal, I. & Bingham, M.G. (1998). Description of a new species, Gloriosa sessiliflora (Colchicaceae), with notes on the relationship between Gloriosa and Littonia. Kew Bulletin 53 Page 479. (Includes a picture).

Vinnersten, A. & Manning, J. (2007). A new classification of Colchicaceae. Taxon 56 Pages 171 - 178.

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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: Gloriosa sessiliflora., retrieved 29 September 2023

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