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Useful Temperate Plants

Hypoxis argentea

Harv. ex Baker

Hypoxidaceae

+ Synonyms

Hypoxis sericea Baker

Common Name:

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General Information

Hypoxis argentea is a slender, herbaceous perennial plant producing a cluster of 4 - 7 grass-like leaves from a small, corm-like tuber; it can grow 7 - 10cm tall[
1928
Title
A Flora of the Eastern Cape Province Volume 1-3
Publication
Strelitzia 41
Author
Bredenkamp C.L.
Publisher
South African National Biodiversity Institute; Pretoria
Year
2019
ISBN
978-1-928224-28-0
Description
 
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1928
Title
A Flora of the Eastern Cape Province Volume 1-3
Publication
Strelitzia 41
Author
Bredenkamp C.L.
Publisher
South African National Biodiversity Institute; Pretoria
Year
2019
ISBN
978-1-928224-28-0
Description
 

Range

Southern Africa - south and east S. Africa

Habitat

Grassland and hill slopes, in sandy to loamy moist soils[
1928
Title
A Flora of the Eastern Cape Province Volume 1-3
Publication
Strelitzia 41
Author
Bredenkamp C.L.
Publisher
South African National Biodiversity Institute; Pretoria
Year
2019
ISBN
978-1-928224-28-0
Description
 
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.10 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Hypoxis species are generally not very cold tolerant plants and most species are badly damaged or killed by even light frosts. The majority of the S. African species come from summer rainfall areas with litle or no winter rain, and most species will usually grow well in a Mediterranean type of climate with little or no frost[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Species in this genus generally require a light, freely draining soil and a position in full sun or light shade[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Hypoxis species greatly resent root disturbance, plants should be placed in their permanent positions as soon as possible and left ndisturbed for as long as possible[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The tuber is used in the treatment of stomach aches and diarrhoea[
1925
Title
Diversity and Conservation Through Cultivation of Hypoxis in Africa - A Case Study of Hypoxis hemerocallidea
Publication
Diversity 2020, 12, 122;
Author
Mofokeng M.M. et al
Website
http://10.3390/d12040122
Publisher
 
Year
2020
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. (refers to var argentea)

The tuber is traditionally used in the treatment of diabetes, being crushed and soaked in cold water and then administered orally[
1925
Title
Diversity and Conservation Through Cultivation of Hypoxis in Africa - A Case Study of Hypoxis hemerocallidea
Publication
Diversity 2020, 12, 122;
Author
Mofokeng M.M. et al
Website
http://10.3390/d12040122
Publisher
 
Year
2020
ISBN
 
Description
 
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1931
Title
In vitro investigation of potential anti-diabetic activity of the corm extract of Hypoxis argentea Harv. Ex Baker
Publication
Acta Pharm. 68 (2018) 389-407
Author
Akinrinde A. et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.2478/acph-2018-0023
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. (refers to var sericea)
Research has shown that the plant contains compounds with reported anti-diabetic properties and that the probable mechanisms of action include the stimulation of glucose uptake via insulin-dependent pathways[
1931
Title
In vitro investigation of potential anti-diabetic activity of the corm extract of Hypoxis argentea Harv. Ex Baker
Publication
Acta Pharm. 68 (2018) 389-407
Author
Akinrinde A. et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.2478/acph-2018-0023
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
 
Description
 
]

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[
295
Title
PlantZAfrica.com
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.plantzafrica.com
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent site giving detailed descriptions and uses of many S. African plants.
].
Division.
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