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Hypoxis (Star Flower) and ID Needed, Please
« on: October 10, 2008, 16:13:17 PM »
Hi All,
On my trip into the rural area up and along the Illovo River I was delighted to find some plants in habitat.  Here is the hypoxis, 'star flower' which my camera did not do justice to and another perennial which is not a bulb but has very fleshy roots similar to a daylily but without any swollen areas along the root (they're all of an even thickness).  An ID would be greatly appreciated!



I once went to our council nursery where plants were sold at a good price, where I saw growing in the ground (ie. not for sale) an absolutely beautiful specimen of hypoxis (pre camera days).  I am hoping, and wondering, whether these in the wild will grown big and tall when in 'captivity' and receiving lots of 'fodder'?  Or was the one I saw that day perhaps a different species?  Any takers?  (If I remember correctly the soil that they were growing in was extremely sandy, whereas here you can see that in this particular habitat the soil is quite hard.  Trust me, I know - I tried to dig a few babies out with great difficulty!)

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Mel.

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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2008, 17:23:44 PM »
Hi Mel ,

thank you for the nice habitat pics !

To the ID - I fear i can not help much - for your area are some species recordet :
H. acuminata Eastern Cape -Amatola Mts.
H.hemerocallidea Souther Cape - Northern Provinces
H. longifolia Eastern Cape - Amatola Mts.
H.zehryi Eastern Cape

Maybe send your pic to Cameron .....
southwestern part of Germany , climate zone 8a ,
elevation 200 m , yearly precipitation 700 mm

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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2008, 22:15:54 PM »
Thanks Hans, good idea, but I will wait to see what others think first.
That email to you with other pics is still stuck.  Tomorrow I will see what I can do to fix it.
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Re: Hypoxis (Star Flower) and ID Needed, Please
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2008, 22:48:51 PM »
Hi Mel ,

my idea with Cameron is because on the site of PBS with Hypoxis are more or less all pics from him - so I think he knows it well - please look :

http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/Hypoxis
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Re: Hypoxis (Star Flower) and ID Needed, Please
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2008, 22:56:43 PM »
Hi Hans,
Thank you, I had a look and I understand now.  I thought you meant to ask Cameron for an ID for the second photo which is of another perennial, and that you were suggesting all those ideas  of plant names - but of course I could have realised the 'H' was for Hypoxis and you were suggesting species.

Yes, I see all the different Hypoxis on his site.  Thanks, will look into it more and if no ID by me will send to Cameron.  Thanks again.  I would so love to go back and see how that plant in second photo has opened... but the rough terrain vehicle has gone back to its owner.  I suspect though that the plant has white flowers... it somehow reminds me of some South African plant I've seen before...
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Re: Hypoxis (Star Flower) and ID Needed, Please
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2008, 14:05:28 PM »
Mel,
For what it is worth, this Hypoxis is from Potchefstroom area NW. I have it for about 6 years now. To me it appears to be about the same size as when I got it.
The species in my area now (Eastern Cape) is much smaller.



« Last Edit: October 11, 2008, 22:50:00 PM by Ernst »
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2008, 16:20:03 PM »
Thanks Ernst.
Looks similar to mine. Am yet to do all the homework at the PBS site.
When you are new to a plant you don't realise how many species there can be!
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2008, 16:32:03 PM »
Mel ,

...funny things :

I have received from a friend a Hypoxis from the wild - collectet in Argentina !!!
my plant is similar like the Argentina plant on the PBS site ....

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Re: Hypoxis (Star Flower) and ID Needed, Please
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2008, 18:56:14 PM »
Hans,
That is amazing - hypoxis in Argentina too - but as you say the link gave us does show that they are found there.  Again, I am reminded how interested that plants of the same family are found across the world!
I don't think any of those pics are the one that I found, but maybe Cameron will say which one it is.  I will send him the pic.
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Re: Hypoxis (Star Flower) and ID Needed, Please
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2008, 10:38:28 AM »
The one from Potch is Hypoxis hemerocallidea (previous name H. rooperii) the most comin one in the muti trade.There leaves are clearly 3-ranked, distinctly arching in the shape of a sickle and are hairy all over. The bulb is also used as floor polich. :love: them have about 5 deferent tipes at home.

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« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2008, 11:11:01 AM »
Jan,

Thanks for the ID on my plant. I have planted some of last seasons seed, nothing up so far.

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Re: Hypoxis (Star Flower) and ID Needed, Please
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2008, 12:09:57 PM »
There are two types that occur here around Jeffreys Bay, one with silver bottomed leaves and another with hairier plain green leaves. (H. villosa and H. villosa var. obliqua according to Mrs Vanderplank's book) I'm still looking for argentea, with the round looking inrolled leaves.

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Re: Hypoxis (Star Flower) and ID Needed, Please
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2010, 09:21:24 AM »
Hi Mel,

Yes, Hypoxis is an interesting genus.  An interesting note is that all Hypoxis species flowers are identical or very similar.  The most reliable way of identification is the leaves. 

Your Second pic is of a Eulophia Orchid.  Not sure what species it is as it is not in flower.  Was it growing in the shade or in the sun?  Moist swampy ground or fairly dry. 

If it was in the shade, my guess is it is Eulophia streptopetala.

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Craig