TOW - Ledebouria
Tue, 11 May 2004 23:07:14 PDT
Rhoda McMaster's interesting introduction to Ledebouria concentrated on
South African species, but the genus ranges through eastern Africa to the
Arabian peninsula and across to India (a frequent distribution pattern for
predominantly African genera e.g. Aloe, Acacia (African types) and
Pelargonium (as far as Iraq only)).

I have seen what I believe to be L. kirkii in grassland on the slopes of
Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It has a big bulb (8 cm diameter) that sits exposed
from the soil surface and rather broad leaves that are heavily spotted in
the usual way. The inflorescence was also the rather 'standard' Ledebouria

In Socotra grows the extraordinary L. grandifolia, with two large (30 cm
long 10 cm wide) leaves tightly adpressed to the ground or rock, as they
seem to grow quite frequently in rock crevices. They are bright green, with
mottling only at the base on the lower surface. Unfortunately it was not in
flower when I visited the island.

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
Garden Manager, Colesbourne Gardens

Gardens Cottage
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL53 9NP


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