Lapeirousia coerulea is a perennial plant producing a single, repeatedly-branched, annual stem 15 - 35cm 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 - Namibia, Botswana.
Moist sites with a good supply of water[
]. Damp, low-lying places, occurring in seeps, seasonal vleis, damp poorly drained grassland, and shallow soil in rock outcrops where water accumulates in the wet season, at elevations to 1,800 metres[
The corms are a valued food, eaten raw or after roasting in hot ashes[
]. After roasting, the corms are sometimes pounded, then soaked in water and stewed[
]. The corms are about 15mm long and 15mm wide[
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