African Plant Database

Hypoxis polystachya Welw. ex Baker
Protologue : Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 1(5): 266 (1880 [1878])
Information on the genus : Hypoxis
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Hypoxis orbiculata Nel
=Hypoxis subspicata Pax (1892)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb to 1 m tall; corm subglobose to elongated, 5-11x4-5 cm; leaves tristichous, arching when mature, ± lanceolate, 0,4-1 m x 2-5,8 cm; blade white pilose-pubescent below, glabrous above, margins and midrib below densely white-lanate; hairs silvery-white to c. 3 mm long, tufted, 3-10-armed; inflorescences 1-7; scape to 18 cm long; flowers 8-26, in dense cylindrical raceme; pedicels 0,2-1 cm long; tepals 6, yellow, densely hispid outside, ovate, 12-15x7-8 mm; seed testa with each papilla with a minutely wrinkled cuticle and 3-4 longitudinal narrow wing-like ribs or with wrinkled cuticula without wings.
Ecology : Degraded grassland with Terminalia, Diplorhynchus; damp sandy meadows on river banks; miombo, dambos, woodland; thicket-grown hillsides; 1000-1800 m alt.
  Near H. bampsiana.
  In E trop. Africa the only Hypoxis species cultivated for medicinal uses.
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see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 22825
Record n°22825 modified 2007-03-22
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