Plants photographed on Kyffhäuser
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Ledebouria luteola Jessop

Ledebouria luteola


Family: Hyacinthaceae
Full name: Ledebouria luteola Jessop
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): -
English common name(s): -
Synonym(s): -
Status: Native
Description: Flowers: raceme with ±eight individual flowers; perianth mauve to brown inside, green outside.

Live bulb scales with copious threads when torn, leaves fully developed at anthesis, with a dull luster, with copious threads when torn, inflorescences longer than the leaves, rachis ridged, bracteoles present, anthers pale violet, ovary 6-lobed with well-developed basal lobes, capsule globose and the seed brown. (from Synopsis of the genus Ledebouria Roth (Hyacinthaceae) in South Africa, F. Venter, Herbertia 62, January 2008)

Plants solitary. Bulb hypogeal, 35 - 50 x 25 - 30 mm, obovoid; dead bulb scales brown, membranous, apices attenuate, live bulb scales tightly arranged, with copious threads when torn, white inside. Leaves fully developed at anthesis, 4 - 10, spreading, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, 45 - 90 x 5 - 22 mm, with copious threads when torn, leathery, with a dull lustre, purple spots and blotches with purple cross bands at base, sometimes with dull purple to darker green blotches, venation obscure; margin smooth, undulate at base; leaf base canaliculate; apex acute. Inflorescences 1 - 2, dense, elliptic, 30 - 40 x 15 - 20 mm, flaccid, 30 - 60-flowered, longer than leaves; scape base terete, green, glabrous; rachis ridged, 50 - 70 mm long. Bracts membranous, 1.5 x 0.5 mm, bifurcate to linear, grey to white, with bracteoles. Pedicels spreading, 4 mm long, pink. Perianth 4 - 6 mm long, tepals suberect to recurved, equal, oblong, 4 - 6 x 3 mm, apex obtuse, cucullate, pink to purple with green keel. Stamens erect, 4 -5 mm long, filaments maroon, epitepalous; anthers 0.75 mm long, pale violet. Ovary ovoid, 6 -lobed, 3 x 4 mm, lobes obtusely deltate, basal lobes present, apex tapering into style. Style 3 mm long, triangular, glabrous, purple; stigma above anthers; stipe 0.5 x 0.5 mm. Capsule three-lobed, symmetrical, globose; base truncate. Seed drop-shape, 4 mm long, surface strongly wrinkled, brown. (from A REVISION OF THE GENUS LEDEBOURIA ROTH (HYACINTHACEAE) IN SOUTH AFRICA, S. Venter, M.Sc. thesis, University of Natal, 1993)
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
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 13 Dec 2008
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/3.5
Shutter speed: 1/60 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 03 Oct 2022

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