Hypoxis Augustifolia

Ian Bannister Iancompat@blueyonder.co.uk
Mon, 06 Jun 2011 13:15:19 PDT
Hi Folks,
I'm new to the pbs list. My name is Ian Bannister and I live in Keighley, W. Yorkshire in the North of England.
The reason I joined the pbs list is to share some info on a plant that has thrown up in my small front garden.
As far as I can establish it is a Hypoxis Angustifolia and from what I have read on this plant it would appear it is more common in South Africa and Southern America. I can't believe how one has suddenly appeared in our garden in Yorkshire!
I know we have had the driest spring for a hundred years but really - exotic plants?
One of the stems has as many as 14 flowers on it, almost all of which have now come out.
I am going to try to put some photo's up on the Wiki site so someone can confirm my identification of the plant.
It has long lance-like leaves (though not hairy) and flowers born on long leafless stems. The flowers are bright yellow six petal, star like with multiple flowers on each stem.
I'll send another message if I manage to get the photo's on the site.
Ian Bannister, Keighley, W.Yorkshire

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