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Useful Tropical Plants

Lapeirousia erythrantha

(Klotzsch ex Klatt) Baker

Iridaceae

+ Synonyms

Geissorhiza briartii De Wild. & T.Durand

Lapeirousia graminea Vaupel

Lapeirousia montana Hutch.

Lapeirousia nigeriensis R.C.Foster

Lapeirousia plagiostoma Vaupel

Lapeirousia rhodesiana N.E.Br.

Lapeirousia spicigera Vaupel

Lapeirousia welwitschii Baker

Ovieda erythrantha Klotzsch ex Klatt

Common Name:

Lapeirousia erythrantha
Flowers
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Lapeirousia erythrantha Lapeirousia erythrantha

General Information

Lapeirousia erythrantha is a perennial plant growing 15 - 45cm tall. The plant produces a single, branched stem from an underground corm[
725
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 77
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; Missouri.
Year
1990
ISBN
0026-6493
Description
A botanical journal containing various articles, including a monograph of the tropical African species of Lapeirousia. It can be downloaded from the internet.
].
The corms are harvested from the wild as a food in times when better foods are not available.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
Flora Zambesiaca
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Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
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Year
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ISBN
 
Description
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.
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725
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 77
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; Missouri.
Year
1990
ISBN
0026-6493
Description
A botanical journal containing various articles, including a monograph of the tropical African species of Lapeirousia. It can be downloaded from the internet.

Range

Tropical Africa - northern Nigeria, DR Congo, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe.

Habitat

Usually in shallow soils over rock, on or at the base of granite outcrops, or in lateritic pans or shallow pans in areas of impeded drainage in mopane or miombo woodlands, less often in open grassland[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
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

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitCorm
Height0.30 m
PollinatorsBees, Wasps
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant's frequency in thin soils in rocky sites suggests that the corms are protected in such habitats, while in deeper ground they are accessible to rodents, porcupines, and perhaps other animals. There seems no a priori reason for the apparent preference for rocky habitats, and plants grow well in cultivation in almost any type and depth of soil[
725
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 77
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; Missouri.
Year
1990
ISBN
0026-6493
Description
A botanical journal containing various articles, including a monograph of the tropical African species of Lapeirousia. It can be downloaded from the internet.
].

Edible Uses

Corms - raw or cooked[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
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.
]. The corms are eaten as a famine food[
725
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 77
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; Missouri.
Year
1990
ISBN
0026-6493
Description
A botanical journal containing various articles, including a monograph of the tropical African species of Lapeirousia. It can be downloaded from the internet.
]. The corm is 8 - 16mm in diameter at its base[
725
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 77
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; Missouri.
Year
1990
ISBN
0026-6493
Description
A botanical journal containing various articles, including a monograph of the tropical African species of Lapeirousia. It can be downloaded from the internet.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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