Lapeirousia erythrantha (Klatt) Baker

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Lapeirousia erythrantha

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Rocky slopes on left of entry road, Cleveland Dam, Harare

Lapeirousia erythrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Sutton Mine

Lapeirousia erythrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo Rd

Lapeirousia erythrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo Rd

Lapeirousia erythrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo Rd

Lapeirousia erythrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near dam, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Lapeirousia rhodesiana N.E. Br.
Common names: Bluebells (English)
Perennial herb, growing from corms. Stems repeatedly branched. Inflorescence branched, the flowers crowded terminally. Flowers often purple-blue with dark blue and pale nectar guides on the three lower tepals. There are,however, several other colour forms: a deep maroon-red form, usually lacking markings, which appears to be more widespread at lower altitudes, and a blue form which is more common elsewhere. Flowers may rarely be pale mauve or white, with or without dark markings on the lower tepals.
Derivation of specific name: erythrantha: red-flowered, despite the fact that flowers are often blue-violet
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, DRC (Shaba), Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Botswana distribution: N
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 206 - 207. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 23.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 92.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 66. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 125.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 111.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 83.

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Flora of Malawi: Lapeirousia erythrantha
Flora of Mozambique: Lapeirousia erythrantha
Flora of Zambia: Lapeirousia erythrantha
Flora of Zimbabwe: Lapeirousia erythrantha

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lapeirousia erythrantha
African Plant Database: Lapeirousia erythrantha
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Lapeirousia erythrantha
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Lapeirousia erythrantha
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lapeirousia erythrantha
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Lapeirousia erythrantha
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Lapeirousia erythrantha
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Lapeirousia erythrantha
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Lapeirousia erythrantha
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lapeirousia erythrantha
Ispot Southern Africa: Lapeirousia erythrantha
JSTOR Plant Science: Lapeirousia erythrantha
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lapeirousia erythrantha
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Lapeirousia erythrantha
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lapeirousia erythrantha
The Plant List (version 1.1): Lapeirousia erythrantha
Tropicos: Lapeirousia erythrantha

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Lapeirousia erythrantha., retrieved 19 February 2019

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