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Useful Tropical Plants

Lapeirousia schimperi

(Asch. & Klatt) Milne-Redh.

Iridaceae

+ Synonyms

Acidanthera schimperi (Asch. & Klatt) R.C.Foster

Acidanthera unicolor Hochst. ex Baker

Anomatheca angolensis Baker

Freesia angolensis (Baker) Klatt

Lapeirousia angolensis (Baker) R.C.Foster

Lapeirousia cyanescens Baker

Lapeirousia dinteri Vaupel

Lapeirousia edulis Schinz

Lapeirousia erythraeae Chiov.

Lapeirousia fragrans Welw. ex Baker

Lapeirousia montaboniana Chiov.

Lapeirousia monteiroi Baker

Lapeirousia porphyrosiphon Baker

Lapeirousia uliginosa Dinter

Psilosiphon cyanescens Welw.

Psilosiphon fragrans Welw.

Tritonia schimperi Asch. & Klatt

Common Name:

Lapeirousia schimperi

General Information

Lapeirousia schimperi is a perennial plant producing a single, usually several-branched, annual stem 20 - 100 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

Eastern and southern Africa - Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.

Habitat

Moist, open grasslands[
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.
]. Moist situations in otherwise largely arid country. It typically occurs in washes, the so-called omurambas of Namibia, dambo margins, stream sides, seasonal marshes, and in damp grassland[
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
Height0.65 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The flowers open in late afternoon and last through the night, but gradually wilt the next day. Some collections note a sweet fragrance when the flowers are open, but live plants from Namibia were scentless, suggesting variation in this character[
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.
].

Edible Uses

The corms are a valued food, eaten raw or after roasting in hot ashes[
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.
]. 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 can be up to 30mm long and 22mm wide, they are formed at a depth of around 10cm in the soil[
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.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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