Drimiopsis Lindl.

Paul Forster

From Drimia and Greek – opsis, referring to the similarity to species of Drimia.

Perennial herbs, bulbs globose, becoming green when exposed; scales fleshy. Leaves basal, 2-4, often spotted, broad, stalked. Scape exceeding leaves. Inflorescence an axillary, many-flowered, spike-like raceme, bracts vestigial, the lower ones with a basal spur. Flowers green-white; perianth segments ascending, shortly united into a tube, tips slightly spreading, hooded, stalks not articulated. Stamens 6, filaments free or shortly united, attached to top of perianth tube. Ovary superior, trilocular. Fruit a capsule, seeds few, round, black.

9 species in southern and tropical Africa.

Seeds, division of bulb clumps.

Bulb with often stalked, spotted leaves and small box-like greenish flowers; floral bracts with a basal spur.

Jessop (1972), Stedje (1994).

Source: Forster, P. (2005). Drimiopsis. 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       Asparagaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Drimiopsis maculata Lindl.