Zygotritonia nyassana Mildbr.

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Zygotritonia nyassana

Picture: Warren McCleland
Katanga, DRC.

Zygotritonia nyassana

Picture: Warren McCleland
Katanga, DRC.

Zygotritonia nyassana

Picture: Warren McCleland
Katanga, DRC.

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Synonyms: Zygotritonia giorgii De Wild.
Zygotritonia gracillima Mildbr.
Zygotritonia homblei De Wild.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb, 20-45 cm high, growing from a corm 15-20 mm in diameter. Foliage leaves 3-4, lanceolate to nearly linear, 4-14 mm wide, plicate to weakly folded, lowermost basal and reaching up to the base of the inflorescence. Flowering stem usually 3-4-branched, rarely simple. Main flowering spike 20-flowered or more. Flowers cream to greenish, reddish or purple. Tepals more or less linear-spathulate; upper tepal longest, 10-12 mm long. Filaments c. 10 mm long; style reaching to about the middle of the anthers. Capsule 3-4 mm long.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: nyassana: of Nyassa, referring to the area of Lake Nyassa.
Habitat: In open woodland and grassland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Southern DRC, Southwestern Tanzania, northern Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,N,C
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 25 February 2016

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 57 - 59. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 116.

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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: Zygotritonia nyassana.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=212080, retrieved 22 May 2024

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