Veltheimia Gled.

Named for the botanist Count von Veldtheim (1741–1801).

Perennial, bulbous herb, bulb with concentric scales. Leaves in a basal rosette, strap-shaped, margins wavy. Flowers radially symmetrical, tubular with minute lobes, stalked, individual flower stalks not articulated. Inflorescence a dense terminal raceme. Tepals 3+3, 1-nerved, fused almost their entire length. Stamens 6, attached to the tube middle. Ovary superior, ovoid. Fruit a winged capsule. Seeds pear-shaped, black.

Grown for the attractive leaves and flower heads in full sun to light shade on well-drained soils.

2 species from South Africa.

Bulbs with rosettes of wavy-margined leaves and terminal racemes of tubular flowers with minute lobes and anthers attached in the middle.

Marais (1972).

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.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Asparagaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Veltheimia capensis (L.) D C.