African Plant Database

Hypoxis schimperi Baker
Protologue : J. Linn. Soc. Bot. 17: 110 (1878)
Information on the genus : Hypoxis
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Hypoxis macrocarpa E. M. Holt & Staubo (1985)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb to 45 cm tall; corm ± cylindrical, 2-4,5x1,5-3 cm; outer leaf remnants fibrous; leaves forming a whitish pseudostem to 5 cm long, ± erect, lanceolate, to c. 45 cm x 1,5-6 mm, glabrous or thinly pilose, mostly on margins and midrib below with 2-armed hairs; inflorescences 1-6; scape to 21 cm long, 0,7-1 mm Ø; flowers most often solitary; pedicels 2-6 mm long; flowers 1,8-3,1 cm Ø when open, tepals 4, 5 or 6, to 1,2 cm long, bright yellow inside, green with yellow margin and thinly pilose outside; capsule with circumscissile opening.
Ecology : Grassland; swampy grassland; dambos; flat valley bottoms with grassland with high water table; growing between tussocks; Podocarpus forest; often on black soils; 900-2700 (? 3400) m alt.
  Closely related to H. cuanzensis (type from Angola), and the distinction at species level between them is uncertain. The relations to H. monanthos also need further investigation.
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see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 22829
Record n°22829 modified 2007-03-22
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