African Plant Database

Hypoxis hemerocallidea Fisch. & Avé-Lall.
Information on the genus : Hypoxis
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Hypoxis obconica Nel
=Hypoxis patula Nel
=Hypoxis rooperii T. Moore
=Hypoxis rooperii var. forbesii Baker
=Hypoxis elata Hook. f.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb to 40 cm tall; rhizome vertical, turbinate to subglobose 3-8x2,5-7 cm, or cylindrical to 14x4 cm, equatorially ringed by stout roots; leaves 7-16, ternate, conduplicate, arcuate, gradually tapering to a narrowly acute apex, imbricately overlapping at base; lamina 10-60x1,4-4,8 cm, strigose or sericeous-pubescent below, sparsely so above; hairs mostly 2-armed; inflorescences 2-14, usually appearing with leaves; scapes to c. 21-30 cm long, flattened in cross-section, to 5 mm wide, densely strigose in upper part; flowers 2-10 in raceme-like arrangement 3-10 cm long; tepals lanceolate-elliptic, 1,2-2x0,4-0,8 cm, coriaceous, yellow, densely hairy outside.
Ecology : Rocky hillsides; short grassland on sandy soils; sometimes in cultivated land; 350-1850 m alt.
  Younger plants appearing different from older ones, can be mistaken for other species. Near H. obtusa.
  Corms used in Africa for centuries, traditionally to boost the body’s immune system (Ingens Bull., l.c.; anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant activity).
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Geophyte- Ht 0.1 - 0.5 m. Alt: 50 - 1800 m. Distribution: BOT, LES, EC, FS, GA, KN, LP, MP, NW, SWZ

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Cap. (Thunberg) 6: 188 (1896).
  • Fl. Pl. South Africa 5: t.172 (1925).
  • Mem. Bot. Surv. South Africa : 544 (1966).
  • Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 43[2]: 202-204 (1986).
  • Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 43[2]: 202-204 (1986).
  • Wild Flrs north. South Africa : 78 (1997).
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carte afrique num 22745
Record n°22745
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