Zygotritonia atropurpurea Goldblatt & J.C. Manning

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Zygotritonia atropurpurea

Miombo woodland
Lumangwe-Kabwelume Falls, Mporokoso Distr.
Mar 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Zygotritonia atropurpurea

Miombo woodland
Lumangwe-Kabwelume Falls, Mporokoso Distr.
Mar 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Perennial herb up to 1.3 m tall growing from a globose corm; stem bearing 6-7 overlapping sheathing leaves; foliage leaf solitary, inserted near base and reaching to base of flower spike, lamina lanceolate and shallowly pleated; inflorescence branched with lowest branches sometimes rebranching, several flowers produced per branch; flowers dark maroon-purple with lower five tepals with pale whitish transverse band above base; perianth tube 3-4 mm, widening gradually in upper half; tepals unequal, linear-spathulate; capsules c. 3 mm long, broadly 3-lobed.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: atropurpurea: dark purple, referring to the flowers
Habitat: Miombo woodland
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Mar - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Only known from the type collection in northern Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status: Endemic
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Content last updated: Monday 3 October 2022

Goldblatt, P., Manning, J.C., Wightman, N., McCleland, W. (2019). Zygotritonia atropurpurea (Iridaceae: Crocoideae), a new local endemic species from northern Zambia of this small tropical African genus. South African Journal of Botany 124 Pages 20 - 22.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Zygotritonia atropurpurea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Zygotritonia atropurpurea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Zygotritonia atropurpurea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Zygotritonia atropurpurea
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Zygotritonia atropurpurea
JSTOR Plant Science: Zygotritonia atropurpurea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Zygotritonia atropurpurea
Plants of the World Online: Zygotritonia atropurpurea
Tropicos: Zygotritonia atropurpurea
Wikipedia: Zygotritonia atropurpurea

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: Zygotritonia atropurpurea.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=235220, retrieved 26 September 2023

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