Hypoxis goetzei Harms

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Hypoxis goetzei

Grassland; cultivated Lilayi
Flowers usually emerge before the leaves and open on sunny days and remain closed on overcast days
Nov 2009
Photo: Nick Wightman

Hypoxis goetzei

Grassland; cultivated Lilayi
An individual plant can produce numerous inflorescences even after the emergence of the leaves
Nov 2011
Photo: Nick Wightman

Hypoxis goetzei

Grassland; cultivated Lilayi
The rhizomes produce thick contractile roots but are not usually buried very deep below the soil surface
May 2015
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Hypoxis esculenta De Wild.
Hypoxis rubiginosa Nel
Hypoxis turbinata Nel
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Perennial herb; up to 30 cm. tall; rhizome hemispheric to subglobose; leaves 4-8, ternate, up to 40 × 2-8 cm., ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate, hispid. Scapes 1-10, up to 30 cm. long, hispid; flowers 6-12, in cylindrical racemes 5-12 cm. long, tepals 12-21 × 4-8 mm, hispid outside, golden yellow. Capsule 5-9 × 3-5 mm, turbinate-obconic, circumscissile.
Type location:
Notes: Red data status: EN A2cd
Derivation of specific name: goetzei: after Walter Goetze (1872-1899), German naturalist, explorer, photographer and collector of botanical and zoological specimens in Tanzania.
Habitat: Open miombo woodland and thicket, usually in sandy soil
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution:
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,Mc,Lk,S
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Endangered
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Content last updated: Tuesday 23 February 2016

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 309.

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.

Nordal, I. & Zimudzi, C. (2001). Hypoxidaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 8 - 9. (Includes a picture).

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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: Hypoxis goetzei.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115530, retrieved 27 February 2024

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