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Useful Tropical Plants

Tulbaghia leucantha

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Amaryllidaceae

+ Synonyms

Tulbaghia dieterlenii E.Phillips

Common Name:

Tulbaghia leucantha
Close-up of the flowers
Photograph by: Cameron McMaster; African plants - A Photo Guide
© Cameron McMaster

General Information

Tulbaghia leucantha is a stemless, perennial plant producing rosettes of grass-like leaves 45 - 60cm tall from underground corms with a rhizome-like base[
610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.
]. Plants grow from a cluster of small bulbs attached to a basal plate that is sometimes regarded as a rhizome[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. The plant is usually evergreen but becomes dormant in areas with a cold or dry season[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
710
Title
Tropical Flowering Plants. A Guide to Identification and Cultivation.
Publication
 
Author
Llamas K.A.
Publisher
Timber Press; Oregon.
Year
2003
ISBN
0-88192-585-3
Description
A terse guide for the gardener to almost 1,500 species of ornamental tropical plants with brief details on their cultivation and, usually, a small photograph of good quality.
].
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild as a local source of food. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southern Africa - Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, S. Africa.

Habitat

Found at elevations from 30 - 2,325 metres[
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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.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitCorm
Height0.50 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Requires a well-drained soil.
Members of this genus tend to hybridize freely in cultivation or if their wild ranges overlap[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Edible Uses

Rhizome - cooked. The rhizome is scraped clean and boiled in stews or roasted as a vegetable[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Leaves and stems - cooked. A flavour like a mild onion[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. They can be cooked like spinach or chopped fine and used as a relish or added to soups and stews[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Sown in a sunny position, the seed usually germinates within 14 days at a temperatures of 18 - 21°c[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on until large enough to plant out.
Division. Best carried out as the plant comes back into growth after dormancy.
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