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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb 25–60(85) cm tall, glabrous, usually with 1–2 plants from a vertical or ± inclined woody rhizome.
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome 1–3 × 0.8–1 cm, small and hemispherical to subcylindrical; roots numerous spreading long, fleshy fusiform.
Morphology Stem
Aerial stems absent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3–10, erect, glaucous, sheathing at the base; the bases with broad hyaline margins and successively overlapping bases of inner leaves to form a short column; blade thickly fleshy, 15–40 cm long and 0.5–2 cm wide, linear to narrowly strap-shaped, ± obliquely rounded or acute at the apex and mucronate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle 1 per plant, erect, stoutly terete, 15–40 cm long, up to 6 mm diameter at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme very densely many-flowered, c. 5 cm long and somewhat broadly conical at first before the uppermost buds have opened, becoming cylindrical as the pedicels lengthen and the buds open, increasing to c. 27 cm long in fruit; bracts white membranous, persistent, conspicuous, completely obscuring the buds in the young inflorescence, 7–25 mm long and up to 4 mm wide, narrowly ovate to lanceolate, ± boat-shaped, acuminate-subulate at the apex, auriculate; pedicels erect to ascending, slender, up to 3 cm long and stouter in fruit, straight, persistent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals yellow, up to c. 7 mm long, the inner c. 3(4) mm wide, the outer 2.5(3.5) mm wide, persistent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filaments c. 4–5 mm long, all densely bearded about the middle with long ± fine hairs; anthers 1.2–1.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style c. 3.5 mm long, terete.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule not inflated when mature, up to 8 mm long and 5.5 mm wide, obovoid, shallowly 3-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1–3 per locule, c. 2–3.5 mm long, pyramidal, narrowly winged on the angles, convex on the outer face with 2–3 flat inner faces tapering to the point of attachment, black, with a pattern of reticulate ridges on the surface.

Native to:

Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, Lesotho, Northern Provinces

Bulbine narcissifolia Salm-Dyck appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Bowker [s.n.], South Africa Bulbine densiflora K000256294 Unknown type material
Burke [s.n.], South Africa Bulbine densiflora K000256293 Unknown type material

First published in Hort. Dyck.: 334 (1834)

Accepted by

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.
  • Pope, G.V. (ed.) (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 12(3): 1-106. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Flora Zambesiaca
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0