Bulbine asphodeloides (L.) Spreng.

First published in Syst. Veg., ed. 16. 2: 85 (1825)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Mozambique to S. Africa. It is a perennial or rhizomatous geophyte and grows primarily in the desert or dry shrubland biome.

Descriptions

Asphodelaceae, S. Kativu. Flora Zambesiaca 12:3. 2001

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb 25–60 cm tall, erect, glabrous; plants clustered, few to many arising from a woody rhizome.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome 1–5(10) × 0.6–1 cm, subcylindrical with spreading fibrous to ± fleshy roots.
Morphology Stem
Stems 0–7 cm long, simple or branched, woody, sheathed by persistent closely overlapping hyaline-margined leaf bases, with adventitious roots in older plants.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 6–numerous, closely spaced on a contracted stem or apparently basal, erect to arching, fleshy grass-like, ± abruptly expanded and sheathing at the base; the bases broadly hyaline-winged, successively overlapping bases of inner leaves; blade 10–30(50) cm long and 2–5 mm wide, linear-terete, flat or concave on the adaxial surface and tapering to the apex, expanded and winged in the lower 1–3 cm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle usually 1 per branch, ascending-erect, terete, ± fleshy becoming stoutly rigid, up to c. 43 cm long and 2–4 mm in diameter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme usually overtopping the leaves, ± densely many-flowered, cylindrical, 5–15 cm long increasing to c. 20 cm long in fruit; bracts 5–7 mm long, finely subulate, broadly hyaline-winged toward the base with hyaline auricles, lacerate-fimbriate on the margins and particularly the auricles, persistent; pedicels ± closely spaced, filiform or slender, patent, mostly 7–20 mm long after anthesis, straight, becoming ± curved in the fruiting inflorescence, often ± strongly recurved at the apical end in barren pedicels, persistent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals yellow, up to 6 mm long, inner 3 mm wide, outer 2 mm wide, elliptical, persistent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filaments c. 2–3 mm long, densely bearded in the upper part with long yellow hairs; anthers c. 1 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style c. 3 mm long, terete.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule not inflated when mature, substipitate, c. 4 mm long and 5 mm wide, 3-lobed, depressed at the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 2–4 per locule, 1–1.5 mm long, 3-sided, with sharp angles, brownish-black, sometimes with pale dots and/or a ± reticulate pattern of low sharp incipient ridges on the surface.
[FZ]

Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E. https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nph.19592

Conservation
Predicted extinction risk: not threatened. Confidence: confident
[AERP]

Sources

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  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
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