African Plant Database

Hypoxis abyssinica Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Information on the genus : Hypoxis
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Hypoxis boranensis Cufod. (1939)
=*Hypoxis neghelensis Cufod.
=Hypoxis tristycha Cufod. (1939)
=Hypoxis schweinfurthiana Nel (1914)
=*Hypoxis neghellensis Cufod. (1939)
=Hypoxis petitiana A. Rich.
=Hypoxis simensis Hochst.
=Hypoxis villosa var. schweinfurthii Harms
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb with subglobose to cylindrical corms 1-6x1-4 cm; leaves linear, with strong ribs, most often recurved to almost prostrate, but seem to turn more erect during the growing season, 5-20x0,5-1 cm; hairs whitish or yellowish, dense on margin and midrib, scattered on lamina; peduncles 2,5-10 cm long; raceme with pedicels 0-1,5 cm long; flowers 1-4, tepals yellow, 0,8-1 cm long; capsule 5-7 mm long; seeds black, glossy, almost without papillae, c. 1 mm Ø. This description agrees with the most widespread form in Ethiopia; but some variants (apomictic) exist under names cited above as synonyms. Some forms are confused with H. angustifolia or are close to H. fischeri or H. urceolata. This plant is usually treated under H. villosa, an apomictic polyploid complex difficult to identify. However, the true H. villosa is a South African plant.
Ecology : Disturbed woodland and grassland; evergreen bushland; Eucalyptus plantations; forest; ericaceous belt; 1800-3100 m alt. – The variant H. tristachya also occurs in rocky places.
  Not in Sudan (= H. angustifolia, H. fischeri).
  • Flora 24(1, Intelligenzbl.): 21 (1841)
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    Record n°231518 created 2013-07-25
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