Ledebouria Roth

Paul Forster

Commemorating C. Friedrich von Ledebour (1785–1851), a German botanist.

Perennial herbs, bulbs globose to elongated, becoming green or purple when exposed, outer scales membranous. Leaves basal, 2-4, sometimes spotted, broad, rarely petiolate. Scape exceeding leaves; inflorescence a many-flowered, spike-like raceme, bracts vestigial, not spurred. Flowers green-white; perianth segments spreading or reflexed, shortly united into a tube, tips recurved. Stamens 6, filaments free. Ovary superior, stalked; style persistent. Fruit a capsule, seeds few, black.

Sometimes grown as a spring bulbs in light shade.

About 40 species in Africa, mainly South Africa.

Leaves broad, floral bracts not spurred, style persistent. Bulb with striped or spotted leaves, axillary racemes, free tepals and a stalked, conical ovary.

Seeds, division of bulb clumps.

Jessop (1970), Ingram (1972),Venter & Edwards (1998a, b).

Source: Forster, P. (2005). Ledebouria. 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.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Asparagaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Ledebouria concolor (Baker.) Jessop
species         Ledebouria socialis (Baker.) Jessop