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Species Information

plant/flowers    bulb/plant   
Bowiea volubilis Harv. ex Hook.f. subsp. volubilis
(name current 2016)
(Bowiea volubilis)


Growth form: Climber
Also occurs outside southern Africa
Schedule A
Destructive harvesting

Red Data Book Information:
Status: EN A1d Threats: Collection Being severely depleted in Swaziland. Many extinct localities. Used for treating fractures (medicinal). Very common on market places. Known from outside Swaziland. Also heavily utilised in South Africa.

Regional distribution:
Occurs from the eastern Cape in South Africa northwards to East Africa.

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Bowiea volubilis - Large underground bulb with few basal leaves which quickly disappear. Main aerial parts apparently inflorescence, much branched, green, semi-succulent, climbing and scrambling, without recognisable leaves, branches tending to grow downwards, acting as clasping structuresí. Flowers small, borne on long stalks, greenish perianth segments tending to turn backwards.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

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Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to Wild Flowers Kwazulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust, Durban.