African Plant Database

Albuca abyssinica Jacq.
Family : Hyacinthaceae
Protologue : Icon. Pl. Rar. (Jacquin) 1: t. 64 (1783)
Information on the genus : Albuca
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Ornithogalum abyssinicum (Jacq.) J. C. Manning & Goldblatt (2004)
 Asphodelus abyssinicus (Jacq.) Schult. & Schult. f.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Albuca angolensis Welw. ex Baker (1872)
=Albuca bainesii Baker (1873)
=Albuca fleckii Schinz (1896) EPFAT vol8. 2013
=Ornithogalum melleri Baker (1873) (SA = mixed status; TA = mixed status)
=Albuca melleri (Baker) Baker (1898)
=Albuca allenae Baker (1888)
=Albuca asclepiadea Chiov. (1932)
=Albuca beguinotii Cufod. (1939)
=Albuca blepharophylla Cufod. (1939)
=Albuca capitata Gilli (1966)
=Albuca chaetopoda Chiov. (1928)
=Albuca erlangeriana Engl.
=Albuca fibrillosa De Wild. (1921)
=Albuca fischeri Engl. (1892)
=Albuca hysterantha Chiov. (1911)
=Albuca lugardii Baker EPFAT vol. 8 (2013)
=Albuca nemorosa Chiov. (1911)
=Albuca purpurascens Engl. (1892)
=Albuca steudneri Schweinf. & Engl. (1892)
=*Albuca subspicata auct. Cufod., non Baker
=Albuca tayloriana Rendle (1895)
=Albuca wakefieldii Baker
=*Albuca abyssinica Welw. ex Baker
=Scilla quartiniana A. Rich. (1850)
=Urginea quartiniana (A. Rich.) Solms (1867)
=Ornithogalum quartinianum (A. Rich.) Lanza (1910)
=Scilla petitiana A. Rich. (1850)
=Urginea petitiana (A. Rich.) Solms (1867)
=Urginea beccarii Baker (1873)
=Albuca praecox Engl. & K. Krause (1910) EPFAT vol. 8 (2013)
=*Urginea acinacifolia Schinz (1890)
=Ornithogalum elatum Baker (1896)
=Ornithogalum albanense Poelln.
=Ornithogalum monteiroi Baker (1896)
=*Pallastema abyssinica (Jacq.) Salisb.
=Asphodelus africanus Lam.
=Albuca elwesii Regel
=Albuca elastica Salisb.
=Ornithogalum fleckii (Schinz) J. C. Manning & Goldblatt
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 0,1-1,5 m tall; bulbs to 8 cm Ø; scales with or without fibrous apex; leaves lanceolate, ± flat, to 1 m x 5 cm, ± ciliate/pubescent; raceme relatively lax, of 5-110 pendulous flowers; ...capsule 1-2 cm long.
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Ecology : Usually in grassland; bushland; deeply herb-grown rather damp meadows; bare soil amongst rocks; inselbergs; sandy or silty soils; dry Combretum woodland; burnt Loudetia arundinacea grassland with scattered trees; red or brown loamy soil; 0-3240 m alt.
  Very variable, in size, robustness, width and pubescence of leaves (forms with pubescent leaves were described as A. blepharophylla).
  Botswana; Saudi Arabia, Yemen.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Geophyte- Ht 0.45 - 1.52 m. Alt: 15 - 1370 m. Distribution: BOT, NAM, KN, MP, NW, SWZ

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Edinburgh J. Bot. 60[3]: 546 (2004).
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 760 (2006).

Bibliography other :
  • Taxon 58: 96 (2009)
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carte afrique num 14794
Record n°14794
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