Albuca albucoides

Albuca albucoides (Aiton) J.C.Manning & Goldblatt is native to the Western Cape Province. The general appearance of the flowers is very similar to Albuca suaveolens. Manning and Goldblatt describes this species as having solitary bulbs (12-20 mm diameter), leaves 3-5 per bulb, absent or emergent at flowering, flattened to weakly canaliculate with translucent median longitudinal strip, 50-80 x 1-1.5 mm, dull green. The flowers are light yellow with broad brown keels, flowering in autumn (late March-early May in habitat). The photos below taken by Nhu Nguyen are tentatively identified as this species. Although the characters do not match the description exactly (darker flowers, green keel, flowering in summer) these plants may have come from a different population than those described by Manning & Goldblatt Bothalia (2009) 39:153-163.

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