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Ledebouria ensifolia-aff
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Distribution: Africa: South Africa: Eastern Cape:


I include here some images of bulbs collected many years ago quite a distance east of Studtis in the Baviaanskloof. Originally an offset of two different clones were taken. These have made numerous new offsets over the years.

Without going in too much detail of the taxonomic key to the species (See reference below) the plants seem to fit reasonable well as Ledebouria ensifolia.

One aberration at least is that the perianth does not appear to be sharply reflexed as it should be in the case in Ledebouria ensifolia.

The plants do not fit Ledebouria ovatifolia perfectly either as the leaves tear easily without leaving a thread.

I have not studied the flowers carefully so my choice of taxonomic position maybe somewhat pre-empted.

Opinions are welcome and can be emailed to karoohoodia@gmail.com.

The plants are very attractive and quite large and flower profusely.

The original bulbs were semi-epigeal if memory serves correctly.

The one specimen was well spotted while the other vaguely so. The scales are loose on the bulb and do not end convincingly abruptly or truncated.

The roots are fibrous.

Reference: SYNOPSIS OF THE GENUS LEDEBOURIA ROTH (HYACINTHACEAE ) IN SOUTH AFRICA - S.VENTER,




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Bulb. Flowers. Loose scales. Leaves vaguely spotted.
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A spotted specimen originally from Baviaanskloof. Fibrous roots.



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