Bowiea basics

Christiaan van Schalkwyk
Fri, 16 Jan 2009 02:03:34 PST
Hi all

According to the SA National Biodiversity institute there are only one 
species of Bowiea, i.e. B. volubilis. There are two subspecies, namely 
volubilis and gariepensis. Bowiea kilimandscharica is a synonym of or is 
sunk into ssp. volubilis
and type in Bowiea, search, and if you follow the links the distribution 
areas will be shown. B. volubilis are found over a very large and diverse 
geographical and rainfall area, so many local variations will exist. These 
will probably integrate into each other, and thus not seperable into 
subspecies. But if a northern form are compared with a southern one (with 
approx 1500km difference in distance !), definite differences in size and 
hardiness will be seen. Many other species will show similar variations.

These differences makes it quite important to record the orrigin of plants, 
not only in order to effectively conserve them, but also to optimize growing 
conditions and watering, as well as too appreciate the natural diversity 
that is "out there".


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Alberto Grossi" <>
To: "pbs" <>
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2009 6:45 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Bowiea basics

> Hi All.
> The bulbs of my kilimandsharica are really smaller than volubilis. 
> Gariepensis is a different plant.
> Alberto
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> Date      : Thu, 15 Jan 2009 10:32:06 -0600
> Subject : [pbs] Bowiea basics
>> >What is Bowiea volubilis nana? sorry for my ignorance!
>> Dear Alberto,
>> I agree.
>> I have grown B. volubilis many times, but just obtained
>> another plant along with one named B (v) nana. In checking out info I
>> also came across the names B. kilimandscharica and B. gariepensis
>> (various spellings).
>> Some experts claim distinction, others combine all under the
>> single species B. volubilis.
>> I can understand that B. v. may be highly variable, but can
>> anyone pin point the differences between these names?
>> And to add to the confusion, some experts claim the plant is
>> deadly poisonous from root to leaf tip and others claim it is edible.
>> One of these must be wrong.
>> Can anyone clear this up for all of us? and a good web site ?
>> Thanks Jim W.
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