African Plant Database

Hypoxis nyasica Baker
Information on the genus : Hypoxis
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Hypoxis engleriana Nel (1914)
=Hypoxis ingrata Nel (1914)
=Hypoxis probata Nel (1914)
=Hypoxis retracta Nel (1914)
=Hypoxis campanulata Nel (1914)
=Hypoxis engleriana var. scottii Nel (1914)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 15-90 cm tall; tuber yellow inside, elongated or ovoid, 1,5-3x1-2,5 cm, often in large connected groups or divided into many smaller sprouts in apical part, sometimes few tubers connected with stolonlike roots, or 2 tubers one above the other moniliform; tunic fibrous; pseudostem to 4 cm long; outer leaves spathe-like in basal part, above oblong, 1-1,4 cm wide, apex acuminate, pubescent beneath with 2-branched and tuft trichomes; inner leaves grass-like, 20-90x0,3-2,2 cm, ± erect, margins thinly loosely pubescent and also main veins, sometimes a few hairs on lamina, golden brown in herbarium, to 1,7 mm long; inflorescences 1-8, racemose; scape to 42 cm long, 1-3 mm Ø; flowers 2-11; tepals all similar, yellow inside, ± elliptic, 8-11x3-6 mm; seed testa with periclinal cell wall convex.
Ecology : Grassland; Brachystegia woodland; open woodland; disturbed forest; usually appearing after fire; dambo grassland; often beside streams; dambo edges; miombo on rocky hillsides; laterite, brown sandy loam, muddy black soil; 100-2350 m alt.
  Near H. urceolata, young stages of which can be confused with mature H. nyasica. These 2 species are vicariants geographically.
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Record n°22820 modified 2007-03-23
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