Tulbaghia leucantha Baker

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Tulbaghia leucantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare

Tulbaghia leucantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borowdale Common, Harare

Tulbaghia leucantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare

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Synonyms: Tulbaghia dieterlenii Phillips
Common names: Mhondya (Shona) Wild garlic (English)
Status: Native
Perennial herb, growing from small corms arising from a rhizomatous base. The plant smells strongly of garlic. Leaves linear, up to 38 cm. Inflorescence 4-10-flowered. Flowers greenish-white with a fleshy, cylindric, orange-red corona. This species is very similar to T. alliacea.
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Habitat: In wet places in grassland and open woodland, often on sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1400 m
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 10 September 2006

Kativu, S. (2002). Alliaceae of the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 18(1) Pages 74 - 75.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 45. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 112.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Tulbaghia leucantha.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115190, retrieved 30 May 2016

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