Bowiea volubilis Harv. ex Hook. f.

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Bowiea volubilis

Photo: Rob Burrett
Kopje at the The Farmhouse, Matopos

Bowiea volubilis

Photo: Rob Burrett
Kopje at the The Farmhouse, Matopos

Bowiea volubilis

Photo: Rob Burrett
Kopje at the The Farmhouse, Matopos

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Synonyms: Bowiea kilimandscharica Mildbr.
Common names: Ugibeleliweni (Ndebele)
Description: Perennial bulbous herb with annual, leafless scrambling or twining stems up to 3 m long. Bulbs often near or at the surface of the soil, green, up to 15 cm in diameter, somewhat depressed. Stems much-branched, leafless, green and fleshy, scrambling or twining up to 3 m long. Leaves very few, basal, filiform, soon falling. Flowers 16-24 mm in diameter, yellowish green, tepals often reflexed. Capsule c. 2.5 cm long, brownish.
Derivation of specific name: volubilis: twining, enveloping
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Namibia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and South Africa.
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 10.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 54 - 55. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 91.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 508 - 509. (Includes a picture).

Stedje, B. (1996). Hyacinthaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 28 - 30. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Bowiea volubilis., retrieved 20 July 2024

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