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Species Information

Cyrtanthus bicolor R.A.Dyer
(name current 2016)


Growth form: Herb
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Other uses

Red Data Book Information:
Status: LR lc Threats: Collection Distribution: Malolotja, Umbeluzi Valley, Mbabane (Umbeluzi Valley), Forbes Reef, Komati River Valley Was on the previous Swaziland RDL as Rare. Found in grassland. Eaten as a vegetable.

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Cyrtanthus bicolor - Bulb spherical, c 3 cm diam. Leaves two or three reaching full size 12 months after flowers, narrow, tapering to both ends, c 40 cm long x 1 cm wide. Inflorescence axis 2030 cm long, hollow; bracts two, narrow, membranous, up to 5 cm long x 3 mm wide, tapering gradually to tip. Flowers c 10 or less, usually turned to one side and nodding; stalks unequal length, up to 4 cm long. Perianth tubular, 2,53,5 cm long, gradually widening to c 1 cm diam at mouth; segments short, not reflexed, c 1 cm long; scarlet or flame.

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

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