African Plant Database

Hypoxis goetzei Harms
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 30: 276 (1901) 
Information on the genus : Hypoxis
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Hypoxis esculenta De Wild. (1913)
=Hypoxis rubiginosa Nel (1914)
=Hypoxis turbinata Nel
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb to 80 cm tall; corm subglobose, white inside, ± conical, 2-5,7 cm Ø, prominently crowned by black fibrous remnants of old leaves; leaves vivid green, white at base, ± conduplicate, outer ones arching, inner ones rigid, twisted when mature, 11-80x2-7 cm, margins and midrib below ciliate, glabrous above; trichomes tufted, 3-12-armed, to 2 mm long, red brownish to dark golden; inflorescences 1-10, stout 8-27 cm long, 0,5-0,8 cm Ø; flowers usually appearing before leaves, 4-14 in a spiciform cyme, opening from top towards base (basipetal anthesis); tepals 6, yellow inside, pale green and pubescent outside, ovate, keeled, 1-1,8 x c. 0,5 cm; capsule green, turbinate, 0,4-1 x c. 0,5 cm.
Ecology : Burnt grassland; Brachystegia woodland; forest margins; plateau and escarpment miombo; dambo; wet grassland on slope of stream valley; usually in sandy stony soil; 850-2600 m alt.
  Rhizome edible (H. esculenta). Critically endangered in Zambia according to Bingham & al. in Sabonet News 5/2: 95, 2000.
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Record n°22805 modified 2007-03-22
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