1230.000 Hypoxis L.

Description of the genus

Herbaceous geophyte with a fibrous base and with a corm. Leaves basal, sessile, with a sheathing base; outermost reduced to cataphylls. Indumentum of 2-armed or stellate hairs. Inflorescence a raceme or corymb or flowers solitary. Flowers without a perianth tube. Tepals in two series of 3; yellow inside, hairy on the outer side. Fruit a capsule. Seeds not strophiolate, smooth or (often) papillose

Comment: All our species are deceptively similar while within each species shape and size of plants, leaves and flowers can be quite variable. This makes the species notoriously difficult to identify.

Worldwide: 150 species in warm and tropical regions, most frequent in the southern hemisphere

Zimbabwe: 11 taxa.

Hypoxis galpinii

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
angustifolia Lam.N,W,E,SDescription, Image
cuanzensis Welw. ex BakerN,E
filiformis BakerN,C,EDescription, Image
galpinii BakerEDescription, Image
goetzei HarmsNDescription, Image
hemerocallidea Fisch., C.A. Mey. & Avé-Lall.W,EDescription, Image
nyasica BakerN,W,C,E
obtusa Burch. ex Ker Gawl.W,C,E
parvifolia BakerEDescription, Image
rigidula BakerW,C,E,S
sp. A (as per FZ 12-3) EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Hypoxis:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Hypoxis
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Hypoxis
Flora of Malawi: Hypoxis
Flora of Mozambique: Hypoxis
Flora of Zambia: Hypoxis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hypoxis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Hypoxis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hypoxis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Hypoxis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Hypoxis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hypoxis
JSTOR Plant Science: Hypoxis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hypoxis
Plants of the World Online: Hypoxis
Tropicos: Hypoxis
Wikipedia: Hypoxis

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: Genus page: Hypoxis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=377, retrieved 24 May 2024

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