African Plant Database

Bowiea volubilis subsp. gariepensis (Van Jaarsv.) Bruyns
Family : Hyacinthaceae
Protologue : Caryologia, 40(4): 291 (1987)
Information on the genus : Bowiea
Basionym : Bowiea gariepensis Van Jaarsv.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Bowiea gariepensis Van Jaarsv. (1983)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Plant sought after by succulent enthusiasts. Near-threatened. Known as the climbing onion or Zulu potato. Herbalists use the bulb and bulb scales to treat diverse ailments, also as an anti-malarial medicine. Collected in the wild and sold in shops, by street traders and healers (see, e.g., Ann. Review Natl. Bot. Inst. 2002-2003: 21, 2003; Aloe 43/4: 89-90, 2006; Masondo & al. in S. Afric. J. Bot. 86: 135-138, 2013).
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Geophyte, Succulent- Ht up to 1.4 states: NAM, NC

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Caryologia 40: 287-297 (1987).
  • Fl. Pl. Africa 51: t.2007 (1990).
  • List South. African Succ. Pl. : 83 (1997).
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see under The International Plant Name Index
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