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Species Information

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Dietes flavida Oberm.
(name current 2016)


Growth form: Herb
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Found within protected areas
Local abundance: frequent
Other uses

Red Data Book Information:
Status: LR lc Distribution: Malolotja and Mlawula Reserves, Lebombo Has a disjunct distribution and scarce everywhere.

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Dietes iridioides - Robust, growing in clumps, shoots arising from underground rhizomes rooting along their length. Leafy shoots often depressed at base. Leaves borne in two ranks, laterally flattened, clasping one another below, up to 50 cm high x 1,5 cm wide, finely ribbed. Inflorescence taller than leaves, erect, bearing several flower clusters enclosed in bracts. Perianth white, yellow at base of segments; outer segments 34 cm long x 2 cm wide, inner 33,5 cm long x 1 cm wide; style-branches mauve, 1,5 cm long, shortly forked.

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

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Culverwell, J., K.P. Braun (in prep). Mlawula Nature Reserve Annotated Flora Checklist (incomplete, unpublished)