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Species Information
 

Dierama mossii (N.E.Br.) Hilliard
(name current 2016)
litsembu
(Dierama medium var. mossii)

Iridaceae

Growth form: Herb
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: one quarter degree grid square only

Red Data Book Information:
Status: DD Distribution: Forbes Reef Known from several collections from Forbes Reef. Common in South Africa.

Regional distribution:
Common in South Africa, Natal to Transvaal

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Dierama medium - Corm with numerous persistent erect bristles. Slender, erect, 4590 cm high. Leaves few, erect, about half length of inflorescence, 24 mm wide, finely ribbed. Flower spikes 36, hanging on very slender axes, each spike having only 24 flowers. Bracts c I ,3 cm long, membranous, with numerous fine brown streaks. Perianth mauve, pink or magenta, c 1,8 cm long (occasionally more).

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


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