Dipcadi glaucum (Ker Gawl.) Baker

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Dipcadi glaucum

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B8 road through Bwabwata near Mwitiku

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Synonyms: Dipcadi gracilipes Krause
Dipcadi longibracteatum Schinz
Dipcadi magnum Baker
Ornithogalum magnum (Baker) J.C. Manning & Goldblatt
Urginea lorata Baker
Uropetalon glaucum Ker Gawl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust annual herb, up to 120 cm tall, growing from a brow bulb c. 4 cm in diameter. Leaves 4-9, strap-shaped, up to 45 cm long and 4 or more cm wide, distinctly blue-green and covered in a fine waxy, whitish powder. Inflorescence laxly many-flowered with pedicels up to 7 cm long, spiralling, not secund. Flowers green, c. 1.5 cm long excluding appendages; outer tepals with caudate appendages up to 8 mm long. Capsules subglobose, 3-lobed, c. 15 × 20 mm.
Notes: A robust species with broad leaves and a distinctly blue-green (glaucous) appearance. The flowers often have long pedicels and are spiralled on the peduncle, not secund as in many other species.
Derivation of specific name: glaucum: glaucous, bluish-green
Habitat: On wet, sandy or clay soils around pans and in grassy depressions, also along road sides.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
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Content last updated: Tuesday 13 March 2018

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 96. (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 91.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 122.

van der Walt, R. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Limpopo Valley Retha van der Walt, Musina, South Africa Page 345. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dipcadi glaucum
African Plant Database: Dipcadi glaucum
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dipcadi glaucum
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Dipcadi glaucum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dipcadi glaucum
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Wikipedia: Dipcadi glaucum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Dipcadi glaucum.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114320, retrieved 5 December 2022

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