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Bowiea volubilis Harv. ex Hook.f.
Bot. Mag. 93: t. 5619. 1867 [1 Jan 1867]
Family: HYACINTHACEAE

Bowiea volubilis Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
Bowiea volubilis is an odd-looking long lived bulbous plant that is easy to grow. It produces frothy strands of foliage and myriads of yellowish-green delicate flowers in late winter/late spring.

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Accepted name in llifle Database:
Bowiea volubilis Harv. ex Hook.f.
Bot. Mag. 93: t. 5619. 1867 [1 Jan 1867]
Synonymy: 6 Accepted name in llifle Database:
Bowiea volubilis subs. gariepensis (van Jaarsv.) Bruyns
Caryologia 40(4): 291 (1987 publ. 1988)
Synonymy: 2
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Common Names include:
ENGLISH: Zulu Potato, Sea Onion, Climbing Onion, Climbing Green Lily
AFRIKAANS (Afrikaans): Knolklimop
PERSIAN (فارسی): بوویا
XHOSA (isiXhosa): Umagaqana, Umagaquana, Umgaqana
ZULU (isiZulu): Ugibisisila, Ugibisila, Iguleni, Gifisila, Gibisila

Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Bowiea volubilis group

  • Bowiea volubilis Harv. ex Hook.f.: (subsp. volubilis) bulb to 16 cm in diameter, flowers 10-16 mm across. Distribution: From Cape Province to Kenya.
  • Bowiea volubilis subs. gariepensis (van Jaarsv.) Bruyns: Bulb to 14 cm in diameter. Flowers 14-23 mm in diameter. Distribution: Namibia, Cape Province.

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Over time, the bulbs eventually split to produce two bulbs and even more as the plant becomes very old. Photo by: Cactus Art
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- In a group of plants known for many interesting oddities, Bowiea volubilis is one of the great curiosities of the succulent world. It produces large onion-like bulbs that may measure from a few cm upward to as much as 25 cm across. Photo by: Zoltán Oláh

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New growth in spring. Photo by: Cactus Art
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The bulb looks like a globe of green jade resting on the ground, sometimes camouflaged by a paper-thin, brownish "onion skins". Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli

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Bowiea bulbs are comprised of tightly clustered modified leaves, which serve as reserves of nutrients and moisture. Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
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Dry stem (wine) in winter. Photo by: Cactus Art

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Bowiea volubilis Photo by: Cactus Art
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Bowiea volubilis Photo by: Cactus Art

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