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Dipcadi glaucum (Burch. ex Ker Gawl.) Baker

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Dipcadi glaucum

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Flower head
21 Mar 2008

Dipcadi glaucum

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21 Mar 2008

Dipcadi glaucum

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18 Mar 2007

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Full name: Dipcadi glaucum (Burch. ex Ker Gawl.) Baker
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Malkopui, Dronkui, Groot malkopui, Slangkop, Groenlelie, Gifui, Gifdronkui, Groenlelie, Wildeui
English common name(s): Wild onion, Poison onion
Synonym(s): Dipcadi gracilipes K.Krause
Dipcadi longibracteatum Schinz
Dipcadi magnum Baker
Uropetalum glaucum Burch. ex Ker Gawl.
Status: Native
Description: No red-brown bristly hairs at base, Long flower.

Flowers: usually in a single inflorescence only, much longer than the leaves with up to 40 individual flowers, flowers opposite; perianth tubular, outer tepals abruptly ending in a long tail-like tip, inner ones with a yellowish to orange margin and slightly recurved tips, greenish, turning brown to copper with age. (from Wild Flowers of the Limpopo Valley)

Bulb large, globose; leaves 5–6, thin, glabrous, lorate-lanceolate, glaucous, a foot long, 2.5–3 in. broad; peduncle stout, terete, 2 ft. long; raceme lax, 15–18 in. long, 4 in. broad when expanded, 30–40-flowered; pedicels patent, 1.5–2 in. long; bracts small, lanceolate, membranous; perianth bright green, 1.25 in. long; tube cylindrical, 0.5 in. long; outer segments linear, longer than the tube; inner connivent, oblong-lanceolate, shorter than the tube; stamens inserted near the throat of the tube; filaments about as long as the anthers; capsule obscurely stipitate, 0.75 in. long and broad; seeds 15–20 in a cell. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Capensis)

Robust annual herb, up to 120 cm tall, growing from a brow bulb c. 4 cm in diameter. Leaves 4-9, strap-shaped, up to 45 cm long and 4 or more cm wide, distinctly blue-green and covered in a fine waxy, whitish powder. Inflorescence laxly many-flowered with pedicels up to 7 cm long, spiralling, not secund. Flowers green, c. 1.5 cm long excluding appendages; outer tepals with caudate appendages up to 8 mm long. Capsules subglobose, 3-lobed, c. 15 × 20 mm. Notes: A robust species with broad leaves and a distinctly blue-green (glaucous) appearance. The flowers often have long pedicels and are spiralled on the peduncle, not secund as in many other species. (from Flora of Zimbabwe website)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Content last updated: 03 Oct 2022

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