African Plant Database

Albuca pulchra (Schinz) J. C. Manning & Goldblatt
Family : Hyacinthaceae
Protologue : Taxon 58(1): 92 (2009)
Information on the genus : Albuca
Basionym : Ornithogalum pulchrum Schinz
Status for SA : rejected (present), is synonym of : Albuca comosa (Welw. ex Baker) J. C. Manning & Goldblatt
Status for TA : rejected (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Ornithogalum pulchrum Schinz (1890)
 Urginea pulchra (Schinz) Sölch (1961)
 Battandiera pulchra (Schinz) Mart.-Azorín, M. B. Crespo & Juan (2011)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Ornithogalum longibracteatum auct.
=Urginea angolensis Baker (1874)
=Battandiera angolensis (Baker) Mart.-Azorín & M. B. Crespo (2014)
=Urginea comosa Welw. ex Baker (1878)
=Albuca comosa (Welw. ex Baker) J. C. Manning & Goldblatt (2013)
=Urginea chlorantha Welw. ex Baker (1878)
=Urginea dimorphantha Baker (1903)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb to 1,5-2 m tall; bulb ovoid, c. 8 cm Ø, without neck; leaves c. 13, rosulate, erect, folded, linear-acuminate, 90x6 cm, base tubular, often with dark green speckles below; inflorescences 1-2, to 1,5-2 m long, dense, pyramidal at first, elongating during anthesis, the heavy apical plumose part pendulous; pedicels to 4 cm long; perianth segments oblong, c. 1,3x0,4 cm, white with a broad green 3-5-nerved midrib, margin white or yellow; capsule broadly cordate, deeply 3-lobed, broader than long, c. 1,5 cm broad, apex emarginate.
Ecology : Wooded thicket-grown hills; sandy places near river; sporadic; c. 200-1500 m alt.
  Doubtfully present in E. Africa – probably confusion with A.virens (syn.: Ornithogalum tenuifolium F. Delaroche); see that species below.
  The complex Ornithogalum longibracteatum-O. pulchrum (Albuca bracteata-A. pulchra) is in need of further study.
  Namibia, S. Africa, Botswana.
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Record n°222364 created 2010-06-28
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