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Albuca nelsonii



Scientific name:Albuca nelsonii  

Family: Hyacinthaceae

Common Names: candelabrum lily, Nelson's slime lily (Eng.), slymstok (Afr.), intelezi (Xhosa), umaphipha-intelezi (Zulu)

Dicoma capensis

Leaves and flowers of Albuca nelsonii

Description:  This robust, evergreen, bulbous perennial grows in clumps and is 0.6-1.2 m high when in flower. The large, fleshy bulb is partially exposed above the ground.

Leaves  are strap-shaped, and slightly succulent/ sappy.

Flowers: are white fat-toped racemes with green keels on 25-35 mm long, erect pedicel. The inner tepals are erect and distinctly fleshy at the tip.

Flowering time: Spring to early summer (from September-November).

Origin: South Africa.

Ecology: Honey bees, carpenter bees and various beetles are seen visiting the flowers at for pollination.

Uses: Albuca nelsonii is taken as an emetic as protection against sorcery.

Propagation: From offsets from the mother plant or from seed


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Struik Nature Publishers