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Kniphofia umbrina Codd
(name current July 2011)
Growth form: Herb
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: one quarter degree grid square only
Red Data Book Information:
Status: CR B1B2ce
Endemism: Near endemic
Threats: Habitat degradation
Distribution: Mbabane, Forbes Reef, Hwane
Confined to small area near Mbabane. Only eight very small subpopulations are known. It is highly fragmented and declining due to habitat destruction.
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Kniphofia umbrina - Leaves c 80 cm long x 1,5 wide. Inflorescence axis erect bearing small membranous bracts towards base of fertile region which is up to 10 cm long x 1—2 cm diam and ends in tuft of narrow sterile bracts, whole up to 1,8 m high. Flowers numerous, densely packed, turned downwards when mature; perianth c 7 mm long, uniformly slender, dull red; stamens protruding for 2 or 3 mm.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Codd, L.E. (1966). Bothalia 9:141.