Lapeirousia vaupeliana Dinter
Lapeirousia bainesii is a perennial plant producing a single, usually repeatedly-branched, annual stem 30 - 45cm tall from an underground corm[
The edible corms are an important article of food in Namibia, where the plant is commonly harvested from the wild for local use.
Southern Africa - southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.
Hard flat sandy ground, in open or bush country. at elevations from 600 - 1,340 metres[
The flowers open in the late afternoon and last through the night and into the following day, then they wilt rapidly in the dry, hot daylight conditions. The freshly opened flowers have a strong sweet and pleasant fragrance and produce abundant nectar[
Corms - raw or cooked[
]. After roasting, the corms are sometimes pounded, then soaked in water and stewed[
]. The corms can be up to 30mm long and 20mm wide, they are formed at a depth of around 10cm in the soil[
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