Nothoscordum borbonicum Kunth

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Nothoscordum borbonicum

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Nothoscordum borbonicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Runde Lodge, Zvishavane

Nothoscordum borbonicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

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Synonyms: Allium fragrans Vent.
Nothoscordum fragrans (Vent.) Kunth
Nothoscordum gracile sensu Stearn non (Aiton) Stearn
Nothoscordum inodorum auct. non (Aiton) Nicholson
Common names: Onion weed (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Introduced
Bulbs c.1.5 cm in diameter. Leaves: lamina 20-40 cm × 4-10 mm. Scape 30-60 cm, bearing 10-15 flowers. Spathe persistent. Pedicels 2-6 cm, unequal. Perianth 1-1.5 cm, funnel-shaped, white above with pink midvein, greenish beneath; segments c.4 mm wide, oblanceolate, obtuse. Stamens included. Capsule c.6.5 mm, obovoid.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: A troublesome weed of disturbed places such as gardens.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Native in South America.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Monday 1 February 2016

Kativu, S. (2008). Alliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Page 95. As Nothoscordum inodorum

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.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Nothoscordum borbonicum
African Plant Database: Nothoscordum borbonicum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Nothoscordum borbonicum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Nothoscordum borbonicum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Nothoscordum borbonicum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Nothoscordum borbonicum
JSTOR Plant Science: Nothoscordum borbonicum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Nothoscordum borbonicum
Plants of the World Online: Nothoscordum borbonicum
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Wikipedia: Nothoscordum borbonicum

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: Species information: Nothoscordum borbonicum., retrieved 5 March 2024

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