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Species Information
 

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Dierama insigne N.E.Br.
(name current 2016)
litsembu
(Dierama davyi)

Iridaceae

Growth form: Herb
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Other uses

Red Data Book Information:
Status: DD Distribution: Oshoek Common in South Africa.

Regional distribution:
Common in South Africa, from low Drakensberg in Natal to south eastern Transvaal.

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Dierama davyi - Tall, growing in clumps, up to 1,5 m high. Leaves erect, 6090 cm long x c 5 mm wide, finely ribbed, pale yellowish at clasping bases. Stem rigid, yellow, with 34 hanging flower-spikes on very slender axes. Flowers close-set; bracts c 1,8 cm long, membranous, tattered at end, prolonged into narrow point, strongly ribbed below, with numerous brown streaks. Perianth of shades of pink or white, usually reaching 2,8 cm long; fruit spherical, c 7 mm diam.

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


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References

Hilliard, O.M, B.L. Burrt. 1991. Dierama. The Hairbells of Africa. Acorn Books CC, Johannesburg and London.