African Plant Database

Hypoxis fischeri Pax
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 15: 143 (1892)
Information on the genus : Hypoxis
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Hypoxis fischeri Pax var. fischeri
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Hypoxis multiflora Nel
Taxon infra-specific
Hypoxis fischeri Pax var. fischeri
Hypoxis fischeri var. colliculata (Wiland) Wiland & Nordal (2006)
Hypoxis fischeri var. katangensis (De Wild.) Wiland & Nordal (2006)
Hypoxis fischeri var. hockii (De Wild.) Wiland & Nordal (2006)
Hypoxis fischeri var. zernyi (G. M. Schulze) Wiland & Nordal (2006)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb to 78 cm tall; corm subglobose to cylindrical, 3-9x3-6 cm, crowned with fibrous remnants of old leaves; leaves tristichous, forming a short pseudostem, ± rigidly erect, becoming lax, usually conduplicate, linear-lanceolate, 0,1-1 m x 0,8-5,7 cm, ciliate on margin and midrib with tufted hairs, on lamina densely-pubescent on both surfaces or only beneath, with tufted to 8-armed or bifurcate silvery-strigose hairs; inflorescences 1-12, scape to 37-50 cm long, 2,5 mm Ø, overtopped by the mature leaves; flowers 3-25 in ± spike-like arrangement; floral anthesis from below upwards (acropetal); pedicels 0,2-2,5 cm long; tepals 1-1,8x0,4-0,8 cm, yellow; capsule turbinate, 4-9x3-6 mm; seed testa without cuticular folding.
Ecology : Often in sandy soils and on Kalahari sand; usually after fires; recently burnt terrain; fireswept eroded hillside; dry forest; grassland; woodland; scattered tree grassland; pasture; among rocks; miombo woodland; 1400-2600 m alt.
  Very heterogenous taxon, particularly variable in leaf indumentum, seed coat sculpture, shape of floral parts. Distinct forms can be distinguished (probably apomictic).
  Specimens lacking seeds cannot be referred to a particular variety, only to H. fischeri s. l. (cf. Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Hypoxid.: 12, 2006).
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carte afrique num 183261
Record n°183261 modified 2007-03-23
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