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Apodolirion lanceolatum
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Distribution: Africa: South Africa: Western Cape:


The given distribution of Apodolirion lanceolatum is from Mossel Bay to Barrydale in the Southern Cape. SANBI mentions the bulb as a taxonomically problematic species as inland species differ significantly from coastal forms and perhaps two separate, range restricted taxa exists.

It was therefore very interesting that Gerhard Marx discovered a minute population of the plants growing at Leopoort south of Oudtshoorn outside the known range.

It was flowering in January 2013. Up until early May no seed forming has been detected however.

The identification was done by Compton Herbarium. It was mentioned that this is the most easterly known locality for the species.


Apodolirion lanceolatum Apodolirion lanceolatum
A very small population found growing on a dry shale hill at Leopoort. This is the most easterly population known. Flowering at Leopoort in January. This image is for sale at http://public.fotki.com/soilandroots/plantsandflowers/apodolirion-lanceol.html



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