African Plant Database

Ornithoglossum vulgare B. Nord.
Protologue : Opera Bot. 64: 37 (1982)
Information on the genus : Ornithoglossum
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Ornithoglossum glaucum auct. non Salisb.non Salisb.
=Ornithoglossum viride auct. non (L.f.) Aitonnon (L.f.) Aiton
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 7-70 cm tall; corm oblong-ovoid, sometimes lobed, to 4 cm long, 2,5-4 cm Ø, very deep (to 30 cm below ground); stem simple or 2-3-branched; leaves 2-12, ± erect, lanceolate, 10-35x1-5 cm; raceme 5-30 cm long, with up to 25 flowers; pedicels 1,5-7 cm long; perianth dark brownish, olive-green or sometimes pale lemon-yellow, often with red or purple margins and nectary region; tepals linear, 0,8-2,5 cm x 1,5-3,5 mm; capsule 1-2,5 cm long, 1-1,5 cm Ø.
Ecology : Open Brachystegia or Isoberlinia woodland; miombo and similar woodland types; sandy or clay soils; occasionally calcareous pans and termite mounds; 350-1550 m alt.
  Very variable in flower characters, e.g. tepal size and colour.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Geophyte- Ht 0.15 - 1.52 m. Alt: 90 - 2000 m. Distribution: BOT, NAM, FS, GA, LP, NC
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Record n°30366 modified 2007-03-20
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