Moraea afro-orientalis Goldblatt

Goldblatt, Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 64: 255 (1977 publ. 1978).

Here Goldblatt notes...."Moraea afro-orientale is closely allied to M. carsonii, from which it is probably derived, and it has until now been included in this species. It differs, however, in several respects and is distinctive in overall habit, with prominent membranous prophylls, short stem and few, often clustered branches. Most forms have only a single comparatively short and erect leaf, inserted below ground level in contrast with the two long, flaccid leaves in M. carsonii. In tlie southern part of its range, in central and western Tanzania, M. afro-orientale often has two leaves, but when this is the case, the upper, cauline leaf is always distinctive in having a very short sheath (2-5 mm), contrasting with the more usual longer sheath (10-20 mm) in M. carsonii and its other relatives. In the single leafed northern forms of M. afo-orientale the second leaf is reduced to a bractlike structure, often with a short free apex, and tliis bract also has a very short sheath.

Moraea afro-orientale shares this distinctive, very short leaf or bract sheath with two other tropical African species. M. iringensis which has a larger flower and a long ovary which is included in the spathes, and M. callista which has two large leaves, and a large striking flower with blue and white, fully reflexed tepals. Both these species occur rather locally in southwestern and central Tanzania on the southern extremity of the range of M. afro-orientale."

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