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Useful Tropical Plants

Lapeirousia coerulea

Schinz

Iridaceae

+ Synonyms

Ixia dinteri Schinz

Common Name:

Lapeirousia coerulea
Lapeirousia coerulea Lapeirousia coerulea

General Information

Lapeirousia coerulea is a perennial plant producing a single, repeatedly-branched, annual stem 15 - 35cm tall from an underground corm[
725
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 77
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; Missouri.
Year
1990
ISBN
0026-6493
Description
A botanical journal containing various articles, including a monograph of the tropical African species of Lapeirousia. It can be downloaded from the internet.
,
775
Title
Gemsbok Bean and Kalahari Truffle
Publication
 
Author
Leffers A.
Publisher
Gamsberg MacMillan; Namibia.
Year
2003
ISBN
99916-0-491-X
Description
Details of the traditional uses of over 200 species of plants in northeastern Namibia. Written for the non-expert, there is usually at least one photograph with each plant entry.
].
The edible corms are an important article of food in Namibia, where the plant is commonly harvested from the wild for local use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
,
725
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 77
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; Missouri.
Year
1990
ISBN
0026-6493
Description
A botanical journal containing various articles, including a monograph of the tropical African species of Lapeirousia. It can be downloaded from the internet.

Range

Southern Africa - Namibia, Botswana.

Habitat

Moist sites with a good supply of water[
775
Title
Gemsbok Bean and Kalahari Truffle
Publication
 
Author
Leffers A.
Publisher
Gamsberg MacMillan; Namibia.
Year
2003
ISBN
99916-0-491-X
Description
Details of the traditional uses of over 200 species of plants in northeastern Namibia. Written for the non-expert, there is usually at least one photograph with each plant entry.
]. 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[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
,
725
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 77
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; Missouri.
Year
1990
ISBN
0026-6493
Description
A botanical journal containing various articles, including a monograph of the tropical African species of Lapeirousia. It can be downloaded from the internet.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitCorm
Height0.30 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The corms are a valued food, eaten raw or after roasting in hot ashes[
725
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 77
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; Missouri.
Year
1990
ISBN
0026-6493
Description
A botanical journal containing various articles, including a monograph of the tropical African species of Lapeirousia. It can be downloaded from the internet.
]. After roasting, the corms are sometimes pounded, then soaked in water and stewed[
775
Title
Gemsbok Bean and Kalahari Truffle
Publication
 
Author
Leffers A.
Publisher
Gamsberg MacMillan; Namibia.
Year
2003
ISBN
99916-0-491-X
Description
Details of the traditional uses of over 200 species of plants in northeastern Namibia. Written for the non-expert, there is usually at least one photograph with each plant entry.
]. The corms are about 15mm long and 15mm wide[
775
Title
Gemsbok Bean and Kalahari Truffle
Publication
 
Author
Leffers A.
Publisher
Gamsberg MacMillan; Namibia.
Year
2003
ISBN
99916-0-491-X
Description
Details of the traditional uses of over 200 species of plants in northeastern Namibia. Written for the non-expert, there is usually at least one photograph with each plant entry.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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