Schizocarphus

Schizocarphus is a genus in the Hyacinthaceae family containing species from the genus Scilla. Scientific studies using DNA sequencing technology have shown that what we know as Scilla actually appear to have multiple evolutionary origins. Therefore it seemed reasonable to recognise each coherent group as separate genera. Schizocarphus is in the sub-Saharan African/Indian group. Schizocarphus nervosus, which may actually represent more than one species, is summer-growing with multiple scapes per season and black ovoid seeds. Unfertilised flowers drop off. This information provided by Julian Slade. For more information about the proposed Scilla changes consult his pbs list post.


Schizocarphus nervosus(Burch.) van der Merwe, syn. Scilla nervosa(Burch.) Jessop, syn. Scilla rigidifolia Kunth, is found in grassland from the Eastern Cape of South Africa to tropical Africa. It forms rounded clumps with large buried bulbs with fibrous sheaths. There are many small flowers on a stalk, white or creamy yellow with a green or blackish ovary. Photos 1-3 by Cameron McMaster. The last photo from Mary Sue Ittner shows bulbs on a 1 cm grid.

Schizocarphus nervosus in habitat, Cameron McMasterSchizocarphus nervosus blooming in mass, Cameron McMasterSchizocarphus nervosus close-up, Cameron McMasterSchizocarphus nervosus bulb, Mary Sue Ittner

Photos taken at Gaika's Kop. The first four taken January 2010 by Mary Sue Ittner and the last two taken by Christopher Whitehouse January 2012.

Schizocarphus nervosus, Gaika's Kop, Mary Sue IttnerSchizocarphus nervosus, Gaika's Kop, Mary Sue IttnerSchizocarphus nervosus, Gaika's Kop, Mary Sue IttnerSchizocarphus nervosus, Gaika's Kop, Mary Sue IttnerSchizocarphus nervosus, Gaika's Kop, Christopher WhitehouseSchizocarphus nervosus, Gaika's Kop, Christopher Whitehouse

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