African Plant Database

Bowiea volubilis Harv. ex Hook. f. subsp. volubilis
Family : Hyacinthaceae
Protologue : Bot. Mag. t. 5619 (1867)
Information on the genus : Bowiea
Basionym : Bowiea volubilis Harv. ex Hook. f.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Schizobasopsis volubilis (Harv. ex Hook. f.) J.F. Macbr. (1918)
 Bowiea volubilis Harv. ex Hook. f. (1867)
 Ophiobostryx volubilis (Harv. ex Hook. f.) Skeels
 Schizobasis volubilis (Harv. ex Hook. f.) Van Jaarsv.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Schizobasopsis kilimandscharica (Mildbr.) Barschus
=Bowiea kilimandscharica Mildbr. (1934)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Deciduous herb; bulb above ground, spherical, 1,5-30 cm Ø, sometimes with paper-thin brownish skins, like an onion (“looks like a globe of green jade resting on the ground, sometimes camouflaged by a paper-thin, brownish covering resembling onion skins”, Handbook 184, Brooklyn Bot. Gard.: 40, 2006); leaves 1-2, short, linear, produced from the middle of the bulb and perishing early; inflorescence twining and climbing, 0,5-0,6 m long, much-branched, with green branches, leafless, bracts narrow, 3-5 mm long, with a short spur; flowers single; pedicels 2-10 cm long; tepals free, triangular with a rounded apex, 5-9x3,5 mm, green, whitish or yellowish green, reflexed or spreading, persistent in fruit; capsule ellipsoid, 8-25 mm long, apex pointed. All parts of the plant poisonous.
Ecology : Overgreen bushland and woodland on rocky soils; rocky places with grass in soil pockets; slopes with Brachystegia; riverine forest; 300-2320 m alt. – The stems surround shrubby support; the bulbs grow in shade of bushes, partially covered with leaf litter, on steep rocky slopes.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Geophyte, Climber, Succulent- Ht 0.2 - 10 m. Alt: 365 - 2135 m. Distribution: EC, FS, GA, KN, LP, MP

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Pl. South Africa 21: t.815 (1941).
  • Mem. Bot. Surv. South Africa : 540 (1966).
  • List South. African Succ. Pl. : 83 (1997).
  • Wild Flrs north. South Africa : 54 (1997).
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