Eucomis autumnalis

Botanical name

Eucomis autumnalis

Other names

Pineapple flower; Eucomis undulata; Pynappelblom (Afrikaans)

Family

Liliaceae OR Hyacinthaceae; bulbous plant; perennial

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Description of stem

 

Description of leaves

Long, broad leaves with pointed ends and undulating edges

Description of flowers

Characteristic leafy coma crowning the inflorescence below which a cylindric spread of small lily-shaped yellow-green to whitish flowers, densely packed around a thick stalk; flowering from December to March

Description of seed/fruit

 

Description of roots

A brown, oval shaped bulb of up to 12 cm in diameter

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Uses

Garden plant; decoctions of the bulb have been used for a variety of ailments

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Location

Open grassland, in hilly areas among rocks and trees

Distribution (SA provinces)

Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Free State, Eastern Cape

Country

South Africa

 

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