Swaziland's Flora Database:
Gloriosa superba L.
(name current 2016)
(Gloriosa superba var. superba)
Growth form: Herb
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: lowveld only
Local abundance: occasional
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Gloriosa superba - Rootstock tuberous, branching. Stems slender, irregular. Leaves broad, tips elongated and clasping supports, plant thus able to climb to height of few meters. Flowers axillary, single on long stiff horizontal stalks, facing downwards. Perianth segments, stamens and style spreading horizontally or somewhat reflexed. Perianth segments yellow or with reddish flush, all about equal, 5 cm or more long x 1,2 cm or more wide, tapering to long somewhat hooked point, edges wavy. Anthers attached at middle. Style sharply bent at top of ovary. Fruit dry; seeds globose with bright red fleshy coat.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Culverwell, J., K.P. Braun (in prep). Mlawula Nature Reserve Annotated Flora Checklist (incomplete, unpublished)