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Species Information

plants    flower    non-flowering plant    leaf showing keel    fruit   
plant, leaves, flowers                   
Kniphofia umbrina Codd
(name current 2016)
Licaca latokoloshi


Growth form: Herb
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: one quarter degree grid square only
Schedule A

Red Data Book Information:
Status: CR B1B2ce Endemism: Near endemic Threats: Habitat degradation Distribution: Mbabane, Forbes Reef, Hwane Confined to small area near Mbabane. Only eight very small subpopulations are known. It is highly fragmented and declining due to habitat destruction.

Regional distribution:
Swaziland endemic

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Kniphofia umbrina - Leaves c 80 cm long x 1,5 wide. Inflorescence axis erect bearing small membranous bracts towards base of fertile region which is up to 10 cm long x 12 cm diam and ends in tuft of narrow sterile bracts, whole up to 1,8 m high. Flowers numerous, densely packed, turned downwards when mature; perianth c 7 mm long, uniformly slender, dull red; stamens protruding for 2 or 3 mm.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

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Codd, L.E. (1966). Bothalia 9:141.