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Origin in Oribi Gorge, South Africa.

Author: Josef Dostál, 1984
Family:  HYACINTHACEAE*
Origin:  Southern South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  15 Centimetres
Height:  1 Meter
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbils
Names:  False Sea Onion, Pregnant Onion
Synonyms:  Might be: Albuca bracteata, J.C.Manning & Goldblatt, 2009.
Eliokarmos caudatum,
Raf.
Fenelonia bracteata,
Raf.
Ornithogalum bracteatum,
Thunb.
Ornithogalum caudatum,
Aiton.
Ornithogalum longibracteatum,
Jacq.
Ornithogalum massonii,
J.F.Gmel.
Ornithogalum scilloides,
Jacq.
Stellarioides longibracteata,
Speta.
Urginea mouretii,
Batt. & Trab.
Urophyllon caudatum,
Salisb.

This very common member of the Hyacinthaceae family was given this name this name by Josef Dostál in 1984. It is found in Southern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The bulb can grow to 15 centimetres in diameter, the leaves will reach one meter in length. The flowers are white, and beside from seeds, it can very easily be reproduced by the bulbils.

The genera name from Latin lon, means 'spear, -co; with and -melo; an apple-shaped melon. The species name from Latin caudatus; 'with a tail' for the very long inflorescences.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Hyacinthaceae is now part of the Asparagaceae.


Wild ones in Oribi Gorge.


A giant on 15 centimetres from Port Elizabeth, South Africa.