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Species Information
 

Dierama elatum N.E.Br.
(name current 2016)
litsembu

Iridaceae

Growth form: Herb
Endemic
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Local abundance: abundant
Schedule A
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Red Data Book Information:
Status: EX Known only from the type collection of 1910 (Stewart 10 K & SAM). Material inadequate, and it may possibly be a hybrid or an albino form (taxonomy uncertain).

Regional distribution:
Swaziland endemic, taxonomy uncertain

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Dierama elatum - Up to 1,8 m high. Leaves stiffly erect, up to 1 m long X 7 mm wide, strongly ribbed, pale greyish yellow at base, with narrow brownish margins. Flower-spikes several, erect, often overlapping one another, each with 815 close-set flowers. Bracts c 1 ,5 cm long, membranous with few central ribs, ending in long point, not densely streaked. Perianth up to c 2,5 cm long, various shades of pink, occasionally white. Fruits three-lobed, 4 mm diam.

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


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References

Brown, N.E. (1929). The Genus Dierama. Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society, Vol LIV, Part 1:199.

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