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Ledebouria undulata (Jacq.) Jessop


Ledebouria undulata

Leaf detail



Family: Hyacinthaceae
Full name: Ledebouria undulata (Jacq.) Jessop
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): -
English common name(s): Speckled-leaf hyacinth
Synonym(s): Drimia undulata Jacq. fide Journ. S. Afr. Bot. 36(4): 258
Drimiopsis engleri K.Krause fide Journ. S. Afr. Bot. 36(4): 258
Scilla ecklonii Baker fide Journ. S. Afr. Bot. 36(4): 258
Scilla laxiflora Baker uncertain synonymy. fide Journ. S. Afr. Bot. 36(4): 258
Scilla nelsonii Baker fide Journ. S. Afr. Bot. 36(4): 258
Scilla prasina Baker
Scilla rautanenii Schinz
Scilla undulata (Jacq.) Baker fide Journ. S. Afr. Bot. 36(4): 258
Status: Native
Description: L. undulata is the only hysteranthous species of Ledebouria. In leaf it is easy to identify by the fleshy texture and dull green to glaucous colour. (from Synopsis of the genus Ledebouria Roth (Hyacinthaceae) in South Africa, F. Venter, Herbertia 62, January 2008)

Plant solitary. Bulb hypogeal, 50 - 60 x 30 - 50 mm, ovoid; dead bulb scales light brown, membranous, apices truncate, live bulb scales fleshy, loosely arranged, without threads when torn, white inside, neck 10 - 20 x 10 - 20 mm. Leaves hysteranthous, 3 - 9, spreading, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, 70 - 110 x 6 - 10 mm, without threads when torn, fleshy, glabrous, dull green to glaucous green, venation sometimes prominent; margins undulate; leaf base canaliculate; apex acute. Inflorescence solitary, dense, cylindric, 25 - 40 x 15 - 25 mm, erect, 20 - 30 -flowered, shorter than the leaves; scape terete at base, green, glabrous; rachis ridged, 15 - 20 mm long. Bracts fleshy, 1 x 0.5 mm, linear to dentate, green to pinkish with bracteoles present. Pedicels spreading horizontally, 3 - 7 mm long, pink. Perianth 5 - 6 mm long, tepals recurved, equal, oblong, 5 - 6 x 1.0 - 1.5 mm, apex acute, thickly cucullate, pink with a brown keel. Stamens spreading, 4 mm long, filaments white, epitepa1ous; anthers 0.5 mm long, yellow. Ovary globose, 6 -lobed, 1.5 x 2 mm, lobes narrowly transversely oblong, apex tapering into style. Style 5 mm long, triangular, glabrous, white; stigma above anthers; stipe 0.25 x 0.25 mm. Capsule three-lobed, symmetrical, globose, base truncate. Seed drop-shaped, 3 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: M Maclean
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Content last updated: 03 Oct 2022


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