Anthericopsis sepalosa (C.B. Clarke) Engl.

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Anthericopsis sepalosa

Picture: Ton Rulkens
Ancuabe district (Cabo Delgado province)

Anthericopsis sepalosa

Picture: Ton Rulkens
Ancuabe district (Cabo Delgado province)

Anthericopsis sepalosa

Picture: Ton Rulkens
Ancuabe district (Cabo Delgado province)

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Synonyms: Aneilema sepalosum C.B. Clarke
Anthericopsis fischeri Engl.
Anthericopsis tradescantiodes Chiov.
Gilletia sepalosa (C.B. Clarke) Rendle
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Status: Native
Hairless perennial herb, usually less than 30 cm tall, growing from ovoid to ellipsoid tubers. Leaves in a basal rosette, lanceolate to oblanceolate-elliptic, 4-31 cm long. Inflorescence terminal or occasionally axillary from the rosette or axillary from a leaf on the peduncle. Bracts and bracteoles lanceolate, 0.7-5 cm long. Flowers c. 2.5 cm wide; sepals linear-lanceolate-elliptic, 10-25 mm long; petals much broader elliptic, 15-25 cm, white to pale pink or mauve, rarely blueish; stamens yellow. Capsules linear-oblong, 20-35 mm long.
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Syntypes from Kenya and Malawi
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Habitat: In wet and waterlogged grassland, at edges of thickets and in Terminalia woodland.
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Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, DRC, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): ?
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Content last updated: Friday 5 February 2016

Faden, R. (2012). Commelinaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 49 - 50. (Includes a picture).

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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: Anthericopsis sepalosa., retrieved 25 June 2024

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