1168.000 Boophone Herb.


Description of the genus

Bulbous plants. Leaves sessile, distichous, strap-shaped and obtuse, arranged in a fan. Scape solid with flowers subtended by 2 free bracts. Flowers with pedicels considerably elongating in fruit, funnel-shaped, with tube shorter than segments. Ovary triquetrous. Capsule with 1 fleshy, spherical seed.

Derivation of name: from Greek: bous, meaning an ox and phonos meaning murder, referring to the poisonous properties of the bulb.

Worldwide: 6 species in southern and eastern Africa.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

Boophone disticha

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
disticha (L.f.) Herb.B,N,C,E,SN,Mc,C,Lk,WDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Boophone:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Boophone
Flora of Malawi: Boophone
Flora of Mozambique: Boophone
Flora of Zimbabwe: Boophone

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Boophone
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Boophone
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Boophone
Wikipedia: Boophone
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Boophone
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Boophone

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Boophone.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=363, retrieved 2 October 2022

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