Comparison of the Clivia Species

Loukie Viljoen 

November 2000


Caulescens Gardenii Miniata  Nobilis
  30E:23S & 30E:25.5S 30E:31S & 32.5E:28S 30E:31S & 32E:25.5S 26E:34S & 30E:31S
DATE DESCRIBED 1943 1856 1854 1828
AREA ENDEMIC NORTH EAST ESCARP EASTERN MOUNTAINS EASTERN REGIONS SOUTH EAST COAST
FLOWER TIME(MAIN) SUMMER AUTUMN SPRING SPRING
SCAPE(FLOWER STEM) GREEN/BROWN GREEN GREEN GREEN
PERIANTH SHAPE PENDULOUS/TUBULAR PENDULOUS/TUBULAR UPRIGHT TRUMPET PENDULOUS/TUBULAR
PERIANTH THINNEST LARGEST VARIOUS SHORTEST
PERIANTH LENGTH 3.5 CM 4-7 CM VARIOUS 2.5 - 4 CM
PERIANTH WIDTH ? CM 1 CM 5 -7 CM 1.1 CM
NO, OF PERIANTHS 15 - 18 10 - 14 (LEAST) 16 20 - 40 (MOST)
STIGMA & STYLE PROTRUDING PROTRUDING VARIOUS PROTRUDING
SEED SIZE 9 -13 MM 9 - 16 MM VARIOUS 6 - 11 MM
SEED MEMBRANE CREAM CREAM CREAM RUBY RED
CHROMOSOME 22 22 22 22
PLANT STEM YES LEAFLESS/SOMETIMES NO NO
LEAF LENGTH 45 - 60 CM 35 - 45 CM VARIOUS 40 - 42/30 - 80 CM
LEAF WIDTH 3.5 - 5 CM 3 - 4 CM VARIOUS 3 -4 / 2.5 - 5 CM
LEAF COLOUR RHS 139A RHS 147A VARIOUS RHS 137B
CENTRAL STRIPE NO NO NO YES
LEAF TEXTURE SOFT SOFT SOFT FIRM
LEAF SURFACE SMOOTH / GLOSS DULL / CROSS RIB SMOOTH / GLOSS ROUGH / LONG RIB
LEAF EDGE ROUGH / SMOOTH SMOOTH SMOOTH / GLOSS SERRATED
LEAF APEX POINTED POINTED POINTED BLUNT