Bulbine latifolia (L.f.) Roem. & Schult. f.

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Bulbine latifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Small pass on ridge North of Mt Pheza, Chimanimani Mts, Mozambique

Bulbine latifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Small pass on ridge North of Mt Pheza, Chimanimani Mts, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Anthericum latifolium L.f.
Bulbine natalensis Baker
Common names: Broad-leaved bulbine (English)
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Perennial soft-succulent herb, up to 70 cm. Plants mostly solitary not clustered. Leaves in a rosette sheathing at the base, lanceolate, up to 8 cm wide, glabrous with ciliolate hairs along the margins. 1-5 flowering stems with dense many-flowered inflorescences. It is easily distinguished from other species in Zimbabwe by the broad leaves.
Notes: It is easily distinguished from other species in Mozambique by the broad leaves.
Derivation of specific name: latifolia: broad-leaved
Habitat: Among rocks in montane grassland, also along streams and river banks.
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Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS,M
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Content last updated: Monday 12 September 2011

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 11.

Kativu, S. (1996). Asphodelaceae of the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 16(1) Pages 49 - 50.

Kativu, S. (2001). Asphodelaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 44 - 45.

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 86.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 81.

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Flora of Malawi: Bulbine latifolia
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Bulbine latifolia
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Bulbine latifolia
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Bulbine latifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Bulbine latifolia
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Bulbine latifolia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=113180, retrieved 2 April 2023

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