Bulbine Wolf

Greek Bulbine – ancient name for a bulb.

Annual or perennial short-rhizomatous herbs with fleshy roots. Leaves annual in a basal rosette or along stems, sheathing, linear. Flowers widely opening, radially symmetrical, stalked, stalks articulated. Inflorescence a terminal, erect, many-flowered raceme.Tepals 3+3, free. Stamens 3+3, equal, free, all or inner 3 bearded. Fruit a dehiscent capsule. Seeds angular, black. Syn. Bulbinopsis Borzi.

John Conran.

About 11 species used horticulturally, only two generally used in southern Australia.

50-60 species mainly in Africa, but with 6 native Australian species.

The rosette leaves from a corm; racemes of widely opening more or less radially symmetrical flowers with bearded stamens.


Source: Conran, J. (2005). Bulbine. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Asphodelaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Bulbine bulbosa (R.Br.) Haw.