Ornithogalum flexuosum (Thunb.) U. Müll. -Doblies & D. Müll. -Doblies

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Ornithogalum flexuosum

Photo: David Hartung
Monavale Vlei, Harare

Ornithogalum flexuosum

Photo: David Hartung
Monavale Vlei, Harare

Ornithogalum flexuosum

Photo: David Hartung
Monavale Vlei, Harare

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Synonyms: Hyacinthus flexuosus Thunb.
Ornithogalum bulbinelloides Baker
Ornithogalum ornithogaloides (Kunth) Oberm.
Ornithogalum zeyheri Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Slender, hairless, perennial herb, up to 30 cm high growing from a bulb c. 15 mm wide. Leaves 4–7, terete, up to 40 cm long, sheathing at base. Inflorescence 6–12 cm long, 10–20 flowered; pedicels 7–18 mm long, spreading to erect in flower. Flowers pure white, with tepals narrowly ovate, 4–6 mm long. Capsule obovoid, 6 mm wide.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Along river banks and in wet sandy soils.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa
Botswana distribution:
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Endemic status:
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Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 27. As Ornithogalum ornithogaloides

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 91. as Ornithogalum ornithogaloides

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 123. as Ornithogalum ornithogaloides

Other sources of information about Ornithogalum flexuosum:

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Flora of Malawi: Ornithogalum flexuosum
Flora of Zambia: Ornithogalum flexuosum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ornithogalum flexuosum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ornithogalum flexuosum
African Plant Database: Ornithogalum flexuosum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ornithogalum flexuosum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ornithogalum flexuosum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ornithogalum flexuosum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ornithogalum flexuosum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ornithogalum flexuosum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Ornithogalum flexuosum
iNaturalist: Ornithogalum flexuosum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ornithogalum flexuosum
JSTOR Plant Science: Ornithogalum flexuosum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ornithogalum flexuosum
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Ornithogalum flexuosum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ornithogalum flexuosum
Plants of the World Online: Ornithogalum flexuosum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Ornithogalum flexuosum
Tropicos: Ornithogalum flexuosum
Wikipedia: Ornithogalum flexuosum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Ornithogalum flexuosum.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114560, retrieved 7 December 2019

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