Common name: Red Hot Poker
Kniphofia uvaria (L.) Hook.f. APNI*
Synonyms: Kniphofia aloides Moench APNI*
Description: Erect, stemless herb to c. 1.5 m high.
Leaves flat, 30–90 cm long, 5–25 mm wide.
Scape 50–100 cm long, 10–11 mm diam.; inflorescence 6–15 cm long; pedicels 2–5 mm long, elongating in fruit; bracts 8–9 mm long, 3–4 mm wide. Perianth orange-red to yellow-green with dark orange-brown central stripe; tube 3–4 cm long, 5–6 mm diam.; lobes 2–3 mm long, 1–2 mm wide. Stamens 3–3.5 cm long; anthers 1–1.5 mm long, yellow turning black; filaments 2.8–3.3 cm long. Stigma exserted 6–10 mm.
Capsule 7–14 mm diam.; seeds c. 3 mm long.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Widley cultivated as an ornamental, occasionally naturalized or persisitng near old habitations. Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *CT, *ST
Text by D. C. Godden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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