1168.000 Boophone Herb.


Description of the genus

Bulbous plants. Leaves sessile, distichous, strap-shaped and obtuse, arranged in a fan. Scape solid with flowers subtended by 2 free bracts. Flowers with pedicels considerably elongating in fruit, funnel-shaped, with tube shorter than segments. Ovary triquetrous. Capsule with 1 fleshy, spherical seed.

Derivation of name: from Greek: bous, meaning an ox and phonos meaning murder, referring to the poisonous properties of the bulb.

Worldwide: 6 species in southern and eastern Africa.

Botswana: 1 taxon.

Boophone disticha

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
disticha (L.f.) Herb.SW,SEDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Boophone:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Boophone
Flora of Malawi: Boophone
Flora of Mozambique: Boophone
Flora of Zambia: Boophone
Flora of Zimbabwe: Boophone

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Boophone
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Boophone
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Boophone
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Boophone
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Boophone
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Boophone
JSTOR Plant Science: Boophone
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Boophone
Plants of the World Online: Boophone
Tropicos: Boophone
Wikipedia: Boophone

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Boophone.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=363, retrieved 17 June 2024

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