Geissorhiza briartii De Wild. & T.Durand
Lapeirousia graminea Vaupel
Lapeirousia montana Hutch.
Lapeirousia nigeriensis R.C.Foster
Lapeirousia plagiostoma Vaupel
Lapeirousia rhodesiana N.E.Br.
Lapeirousia spicigera Vaupel
Lapeirousia welwitschii Baker
Ovieda erythrantha Klotzsch ex Klatt
Lapeirousia erythrantha is a perennial plant growing 15 - 45cm tall. The plant produces a single, branched stem from an underground corm[
The corms are harvested from the wild as a food in times when better foods are not available.
Tropical Africa - northern Nigeria, DR Congo, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe.
Usually in shallow soils over rock, on or at the base of granite outcrops, or in lateritic pans or shallow pans in areas of impeded drainage in mopane or miombo woodlands, less often in open grassland[
The plant's frequency in thin soils in rocky sites suggests that the corms are protected in such habitats, while in deeper ground they are accessible to rodents, porcupines, and perhaps other animals. There seems no a priori reason for the apparent preference for rocky habitats, and plants grow well in cultivation in almost any type and depth of soil[
Corms - raw or cooked[
]. The corms are eaten as a famine food[
]. The corm is 8 - 16mm in diameter at its base[
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