Bulbine frutescens

Bulbine frutescens in Kenya photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed near a farm property, Nyeri, Kenya. Dec. 2015.

LEAVES: Numerous basal leaves are grass-like, but nearly terete (round in cross-section) and succulent. A gel-like fluid can be pressed out of cut leaves.

HERB: Leaves and stems are herbaceous.

FLOWERS: Yellow flowers in crowded spikes. There are six tepals (petals and sepals are similar).

FRUIT: Spherical, fleshy fruit with three valves.

RANGE: Native to southern Africa, but widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide because of its attractiveness and purported medicinal properties.

Bulbine frutescens from Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Xanthorrhoeaceae -- Aloe Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 30 Dec. 2015