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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Worldwide distribution: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Eswatini
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 11.

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 Zimbabwe: Bulbine capitata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Bulbine capitata
African Plant Database: Bulbine capitata
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JSTOR Plant Science: Bulbine capitata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Bulbine capitata
Plants of the World Online: Bulbine capitata
Tropicos: Bulbine capitata
Wikipedia: Bulbine capitata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Bulbine capitata.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=113160, retrieved 18 July 2024

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