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Useful Tropical Plants

Bomarea glaucescens

(Kunth) Baker

Alstroemeriaceae


This genus is closely related to Alstroemeria species[
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.
].

+ Synonyms

Alstroemeria glaucescens Kunth

Collania glaucescens (Kunth) Herb.

Wichuraea glaucescens (Kunth) M.Roem.

Common Name:

Bomarea glaucescens
Flowers
Photograph by: C. Ulloa
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General Information

Bomarea glaucescens is a perennial plant growing up to 50cm tall.
The edible root is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use.
The plant is not considered to be threatened in the IUCN Red List (2009) due to its wide distribution, but it is vulnerable to the conversion of its habitat to grazing land and pine and eucalyptus plantations[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
]. Habitat destruction is the only known threat to the species[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

The fresh sap of this plant can cause skin rashes in some people. The plant contains small quantities (up to 0.2%) of the compound tuliposide A, which probably hydrolizes on the skin to form the allergenic lactone tulipalin A. People who are allergic to the sap of tulips are very likely to also be sensitive to the sap of this plant[
65
Title
A Colour Atlas of Poisonous Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Frohne. D. and Pfänder. J.
Publisher
Wolfe
Year
1984
ISBN
0723408394
Description
Brilliant. Goes into technical details but in a very readable way. The best work on the subject that I've come across so far.
,
407
Title
BoDD (Botanical Dermatology Database)
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://bodd.cf.ac.uk/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Brief notes on a very wide range of plants that have reports of causing harm to the skin.
].

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador.

Habitat

Common in wet montane areas, where it grows among Polylepis forests, on rocky slopes and especially near lakes. Also occurs in grassy montane areas, and in upper Andean forest[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
]. Found at elevations of 3,000 - 4,500 metres.

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



A plant of higher elevations in the tropics, it can also be grown in the subtropics.

Edible Uses

Root - rich in starch[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe - it will germinate in a few weeks[
1
Title
RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Publication
 
Author
F. Chittendon.
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
1951
ISBN
-
Description
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaced in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
]. Stratify stored seed for 3 weeks at 20°c, then 3 weeks at 5°c[
138
Title
Growing from Seed. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Bird. R. (Editor)
Publisher
Thompson and Morgan.
Year
1989
ISBN
-
Description
Very readable magazine with lots of information on propagation.
]. It usually germinates in 1 - 2 months at 20°c[
138
Title
Growing from Seed. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Bird. R. (Editor)
Publisher
Thompson and Morgan.
Year
1989
ISBN
-
Description
Very readable magazine with lots of information on propagation.
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant out when large enough.
Division when the plants are dormant. Be careful since the roots are brittle. Each portion must have some roots and a growth bud[
1
Title
RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Publication
 
Author
F. Chittendon.
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
1951
ISBN
-
Description
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaced in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
]. Pot up the divisions, grow them on until they are well established and then plant them out into their permanent positions
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