Albuca namaquensis

Albuca namaquensis (syn. Albuca circinata) is native to stony sandstone slopes from Namibia to the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Plants grow up to 30 cm high. The leaves are scabrid (rough or scaly) or hairy or smooth. If hairs are present, they are not glandular. In dry and sunny conditions its leaves coil like Albuca spiralis and thus these plants are often mistakenly called A. spiralis. In cultivation, the leaves may remain evergreen if water is available. The photo below was taken by Mary Sue Ittner near Middelpos in the Roggeveld. This plant is typically different from the other ones in cultivation in having a reddish pedicel.

Albuca namaquensis, Middelpos, Mary Sue Ittner

Photos 1-6 below by Mary Sue Ittner show new leaves emerging after a dry period in summer September 2004 and the flowers. The last photo shows a bulb on a 1 cm grid.

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The photos below were taken by Jacob Uluwehi Knecht, who feels the flowers smell like Play-doh.

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The photos below were taken by Nhu Nguyen showing various aspects of the plant.

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