Drimia indica (Roxb.) Jessop

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Drimia indica

Grassland; cultivated Lilayi
Mature bulbs are loose with easily separated scales (which can be used for propagation) though they produce enough seed that it is usually not needed
Dec 2014

Drimia indica

Grassland; cultivated Lilayi
The inflorescence appears in July to August as the cool dry season transitions into the hot dry season
Aug 2012
Photo: Nick Wightman

Drimia indica

Grassland; cultivated Lilayi
Plants can produce several inflorescences each bearing 10 to 25 individual flowers
Aug 2012
Photo: Nick Wightman

Drimia indica

Grassland; cultivated Lilayi
The linear leaves appear with the arrival of the rains and are an attractive bluish green colour
Nov 2006
Photo: Nick Wightman

Drimia indica

Grassland; cultivated Lilayi
The black papery winged seeds ripen before the rains and are wind distributed
Nov 2014
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Drimia zambesiaca (Baker) J.C.Manning & Goldblatt
Scilla indica Roxb.
Thuranthos zambesiacum (Baker) Kativu
Urginea zambesiaca Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: zambesiacum: of the Zambezi region
Habitat: Open woodland, grassland, rocky places and margins of termite mounds
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C (other?)
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Kativu, S. & Drummond, R.B. (1994). New combination in the genus Thuranthos C.H. Wright and a new record for T. macranthum (Baker) C.H. Wright in Zimbabwe Kirkia 15(1) Pages 113 - 115. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 91. as Thuranthos zambesiacum

Stedje, B. (1996). Hyacinthaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 18.

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Flora of Botswana: Drimia indica
Flora of Mozambique: Drimia indica
Flora of Zimbabwe: Drimia indica

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Drimia indica
African Plant Database: Drimia indica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Drimia indica
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Drimia indica
JSTOR Plant Science: Drimia indica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Drimia indica
Plants of the World Online: Drimia indica
Tropicos: Drimia indica
Wikipedia: Drimia indica

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Drimia indica.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114250, retrieved 1 March 2024

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