Albuca virens

Albuca virens (syn. Ornithogalum tenuifolium) is a grassland plant found in the Eastern Cape of South Africa to tropical Africa. Leaves vary on this species from many to few, linear to filiform. Flowers are suberect, whitish with green keels. Albuca virens ssp. arida (formerly Ornithogalum tenuifolium ssp. aridum) grows in stony soil in dry grassland in southern Namibia and the Northern Cape and has filiform leaves with the old bases forming a neck. Two more subspecies were named in 2009, A. virens ssp. robusta and A. virens spp. sordida. The photos below were taken by Monica Swartz and were on the Mystery Bulbs page for some time and identified as this species by Christopher Whitehouse, who wrote that it was "a very variable species across the whole of East Africa (originally divided into three subspecies but then sunk as there was no correlation between the forms and geography." This explains why the one subspecies was retained as it is located in a different area and is a different form.

Albuca virens, Monica SwartzAlbuca virens, Monica Swartz

Photos taken in habitat in the Eastern Cape of South Africa by Cameron McMaster, Bob Rutemoeller, and Mary Sue Ittner.

Albuca virens, Somerset East, Cameron McMasterAlbuca virens, Waainek, Bob RutemoellerAlbuca virens, Waainek, Mary Sue IttnerAlbuca virens, Waainek, Mary Sue Ittner
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