Tulbaghia leucantha Baker

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Tulbaghia leucantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare

Tulbaghia leucantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale 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
Flowering time:
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

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 36.

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

Kativu, S. (2008). Alliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Page 93.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 45. (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 84.

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, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Tulbaghia leucantha.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115190, retrieved 25 June 2018

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