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Useful Temperate Plants

Hypoxis gerrardii

Baker

Hypoxidaceae

+ Synonyms

Hypoxis junodii Baker

Common Name:

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General Information

Hypoxis gerrardii is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from a corm-like tuber; it produces a cluster of grass-like leaves around 8 - 20cm tall[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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The plant is harvested frm 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 - eastern and northeastern S. Africa

Habitat

Grassland; at elevations from 500 - 2,300 metres[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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1926
Title
Plants of the northern provinces of South Africa: keys and diagnostic characters
Publication
Strelitzia 6; 1-681
Author
Retief E. & Herman P.P.J.
Publisher
National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
Year
1997
ISBN
1-874907-30-7
Description
 
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.15 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Hypoxis gerrardii is native to the subtropcal climate of eastern S. Africa. In part of its range it is found in the summer rainfall area of northern South Africa, where the mean annual precipitation is generally between 400 - 800mm, though it can be as much as 2,000mm in the eastern escarpment zone. Thunderstorms are a common occurrence during the rainy season which extends from about September/October to around March; the frequency of hailstorms
is high. The summer season is hot and often dry, especially in the north and west. The winters are dry with cool days and cold nights, and with short-lived frosts generally occurring on between 30 and 180 days over much of the region[
1926
Title
Plants of the northern provinces of South Africa: keys and diagnostic characters
Publication
Strelitzia 6; 1-681
Author
Retief E. & Herman P.P.J.
Publisher
National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
Year
1997
ISBN
1-874907-30-7
Description
 
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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.
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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.
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Fires are a frequent occurrence within the range of this species. Although top growth is killed, the plant generally regrows from the tuber[
1926
Title
Plants of the northern provinces of South Africa: keys and diagnostic characters
Publication
Strelitzia 6; 1-681
Author
Retief E. & Herman P.P.J.
Publisher
National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
Year
1997
ISBN
1-874907-30-7
Description
 
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The tuber is used in the treatment of abdominal cramps[
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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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.
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