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Bowiea gariepensis van Jaarsv.
J. S. African Bot. 49(4): 343 (1983).
Family: HYACINTHACEAE

Accepted Scientific Name: Bowiea volubilis subs. gariepensis (van Jaarsv.) Bruyns
Caryologia 40(4): 291 (1987 publ. 1988)

Bowiea gariepensis (Bowiea volubilis subs. gariepensis) Photo by: © Plantemania
This subspecies is different than ssp. volubilis because of the larger and more conspicuous white flowers, rambling habit, glaucescent foliage, brown tunic on the bulb and is a winter grower.

Synonyms:

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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: bowiea, climbing onion. Zulu potato
AFRIKAANS (Afrikaans): lopertjie
XHOSA (isiXhosa): umagaqana, umGaqona
ZULU (isiZulu): knolklimop: gifisila

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. Stems green. Flowers 10-16 mm across, perianth lobes green, re flexed, capsule valves acuminate. Distribution: Eastern parts of Africa from Cape Province to Kenya.
  • Bowiea volubilis subs. gariepensis (van Jaarsv.) Bruyns: Bulb to 14 cm in diameter. Stems glaucous. Flowers 14-23 mm in diameter, perianth lobes white, spreading, capsule valves refuse. Distribution:north-west of South Africa (Cape Province) and Namibia.


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