CREW on a quest to find Boophone disticha

CREW on a quest to find Boophone disticha

CREW on a quest to find Boophone disticha - Southern Africa : Boophone disticha from the family Amaryllidaceae, is considered to be declining due to excessive harvesting and habitat transformation. In Africa, the poisonous plant grows in arid grasslands and rocky areas. The plant is used as a source of medicine and

Boophone disticha from the family Amaryllidaceae, is considered to be declining due to excessive harvesting and habitat transformation. In Africa, the poisonous plant grows in arid grasslands and rocky areas. The plant is used as a source of medicine and is being over-exploited in muthi markets. The plant is bulbous and densely clothed with arid scales. The flowers range from pink to red and rest on a little stem so small that it seems to arise from the bulb. Boophone disticha flowers from July to October. Boophone disticha is thought to aid with pain relief and treat injuries. The leaves of the plant are used as a coagulant. It is important to note that Boophone disticha is toxic to cattle and sheep. In constricted spaces, the flowers of the plant may affect humans, by causing headaches and tender eyes. The plant is known to have a wide-ranging distribution in South Africa; however it largely observed in the summer rainfall region. If you have seen this plant, please upload you observations onto iSpot, you will be making a valuable contribution to the work done by the Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers.
For more information on Boophone disticha visit http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantab/boophdist.htm

14 Oct 2015
Kaveesha