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Useful Tropical Plants

Kniphofia linearifolia

Baker

Xanthorrhoeaceae

+ Synonyms

Kniphofia alooides maxima (Baker) Baker

Kniphofia longiflora Baker

Kniphofia longistyla Baker

Kniphofia rhodesiana Rendle

Common Name:

Kniphofia linearifolia
Flowers
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General Information

Kniphofia linearifolia is a fairly robust, clump-forming perennial plant producing several to many stems, growing up to 1.5 metres tall from a horizontal rhizome. The sword-shaped leaves can be 24 - 160cm long[
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use. It is widely planted as an ornamental and cut flower in southern Africa[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Flora Zambesiaca
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An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.

Range

East Africa - Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, S. Africa.

Habitat

Montane grassland in moist often peaty situations, and in central plateau grasslands in seasonally wet localities at streamsides, vlei and dambo margins, usually forming colonies, at elevations from 700 - 2,400 metres[
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Flora Zambesiaca
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http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
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An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.00 m
PollinatorsSunbirds, Sugarbirds, Insects
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of moderate elevations in the tropics and subtropics, it an be grown outdoors in the milder ateas of the temperate zone.
Succeeds in full sun or in partial shade[
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The powdered root is mixed with food to treat infertility in women[
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow in a lightly shaded position in a seed tray and keep moist. Germination takes around 6 weeks[
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Division of large clumps. The younger rhizomes respond well to division, whereas the older ones might struggle a bit, but can establish themselves[
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