Ernst Jacobus Van Jaarsveld, 1983
Namibia, South-Western South Africa
||Green / White
volubilis subsp. gariepensis, Peter Vincent
Bruyns, 1988 - or not!
A member of the Hyacinthaceae family, given this name by Ernst Jacobus Van Jaarsveld in 1983.
It is found in
southern Namibia to north-western
South Africa, where
it grows in well drained soil, with some water and sun. The onion-like
caudex can be op to 20 centimetres in diameter, and the
branches reaches for op to three meters, but will die back when dried out
It gets small white-greenish flowers, but can also be reproduced by
dividing the bulbs.
Different from B.
volubilis by the stems being glaucous, prostrate and not veining
and the capsule valves are retuse.
Highly poison, from root to top!
The true leaves that emerge from the bulb are small, very short lived,
but they are replaced by the scrambling or twining, branched green
flowering stems, which reach up to four
meters long which are scattered with starry,
Bowiea is named after the British plant collector James Bowie, 1789-1869.
The species name from Gariep, the Khoi name for the Oranje River.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Hyacinthaceae
now part of
This is a winter grower.