Bulbine capitata Poelln.

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Bulbine capitata

Photo: Coleen Mannheimer
Windhoek townlands, along airport road

Bulbine capitata

Photo: Coleen Mannheimer
Windhoek townlands, along airport road

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Synonyms: Bulbine stenophylla I. Verd.
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Status: Native
Perennial herb up to 45 cm tall. Underground parts a woody rhizome bearing 1-several plants. Leaves numerous, green, grass-like, linear-terete; sheathing leaf bases broadly winged, abruptly tapering into the narrow leaf lamina; leaf base column becoming yellowish and shiny papery when dry; margins glabrous, not ciliolate. Peduncle 1 per plant. Racemes usually overtopping the leaves, densely many-flowered, usually less than 5 cm long and corymb-like or conical. Floral bracts auriculate. Tepals yellow. Capsule not inflated when mature.
Derivation of specific name: capitata: in the form of a head, capitate
Habitat: In open grassland and thorn scrub on sandy soil and on rocky hillsides.
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Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland
Zimbabwe distribution: W
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Images last updated: Tuesday 1 August 2017

Kativu, S. (1996). Asphodelaceae of the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 16(1) Page 48.

Kativu, S. (2001). Asphodelaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Page 44.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 128. (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 86.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 116.

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Flora of Botswana: Bulbine capitata
Flora of Caprivi: Bulbine capitata

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Bulbine capitata
African Plant Database: Bulbine capitata
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Bulbine capitata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Bulbine capitata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Bulbine capitata
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Bulbine capitata
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Bulbine capitata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Bulbine capitata
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Bulbine capitata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Bulbine capitata
Ispot Southern Africa: Bulbine capitata
JSTOR Plant Science: Bulbine capitata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Bulbine capitata
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Bulbine capitata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Bulbine capitata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Bulbine capitata
Tropicos: Bulbine capitata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Bulbine capitata.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=113160, retrieved 19 March 2018

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