African Plant Database

Hypoxis galpinii Baker
Protologue : Fl. Cap. 6: 188
Information on the genus : Hypoxis
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Hypoxis stricta Nel (1914)
=Hypoxis pungwensis Norl. (1937)
=Hypoxis infausta Nel (1914)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb to 40 cm tall with subterranean pseudostem, from tuber subglobose or elongated, 4-5,5x1,5-3,7 cm; tunic fibrous, brown or black; leaves yellow green to deep green, sheathing basal part, forming a short white pseudostem, drying dark purple; outer leaves 2-5, lanceolate, acuminate, slightly carinate, recurved, 4,5-25x0,8-3 cm, covered below with tufted trichomes 3-4-branched, to 3 mm long; inner leaves 4-10, lanceolate, 14-40x1-2,2 cm with hairs on margins and midrib below, glabrous on both surfaces or with sparse indumentum below, trichomes tufted, 3-12-armed, to 5 mm long; inflorescences 2-7, spicato-racemose; scapes 11,5-30 cm long, 1,5-3 mm Ø, pubescent in upper part; flowers 4-10, alternate, in spiciform arrangement, pedicels 2-8 mm long; tepals 4-6, golden yellow inside, green outside, ± elliptic, 7-11x3-5 mm; capsule ± turbinate-clavate, 5-10 cm long, c. 5 mm Ø.
Ecology : Grassland with scattered trees; secondary grassland; rocky black mineral soil, or loamy; 1500-2600 m alt.
  Variable in habit and shape of leaves (cf. Fl. Trop. E. Afr., l.c.). Near H. rigidula.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Geophyte- Ht 0.14 - 0.6 m. Alt: 900 - 2300 m. Distribution: EC, GA, KN, LP, MP, SWZ

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 768 (2006).
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Record n°22742 modified 2007-03-22
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