This genus is closely related to Alstroemeria species[
]. The plant is closely related to Bomarea shuttleworthi[
Alstroemeria acutifolia Link & Otto
Dodecasperma acutifolia (Link & Otto) Raf.
Common Name: Yatzi
Photograph by: Dick Culbert
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Bomarea acutifolia is a perennial climbing plant producing one to many robust, annual twining stems that can grow up to 3 metres long and 5mm wide from a tuberous rootstock[
The edible roots are sometimes gathered from the wild for local use. The plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental in gardens.
The fresh sap of this plant can cause skin rashes in some people. The plant contains small quantities (up to 0.2%) of the compound tuliposide A, which probably hydrolizes on the skin to form the allergenic lactone tulipalin A. People who are allergic to the sap of tulips are very likely to also be sensitive to the sap of this plant[
Central America - Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico.
Shady woodlands in oak woods, tropical deciduous and tropical evergreen forests[
]. Damp forest or thickets in the mountains; at elevations from 1,800 - 3,500 metres in Guatemala[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Requires a warm sunny position and a well-drained slightly acid soil[
Tuber - cooked[
]. Watery, with little flavour[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe - it will germinate in a few weeks[
]. Stratify stored seed for 3 weeks at 20Â°c, then 3 weeks at 5Â°c[
]. It usually germinates in 1 - 2 months at 20Â°c[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant out when large enough.
Division when the plants are dormant. Be careful since the roots are brittle. Each portion must have some roots and a growth bud[
]. Pot up the divisions, grow them on until they are well established and then plant them out into their permanent positions
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