International Succulent Introductions

Plant Introductions of the Huntington Botanical Gardens

(published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal)
Vol. 78 (2), March - April, 2006

Ornithogalum longibracteatum Jacquin

Ornithogalum longibracteatum Jacquin
Photo © 2006 by John Trager. Images may not be used elsewhere without permission.
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Ornithogalum longibracteatum Jacquin


ISI 2006-28. Ornithogalum longibracteatum Jacquin.

The so-called “pregnant onion”, also known as O. caudatum, is widely grown as a houseplant and easily propagated by virtue of the prodigious bulblets that erupt from beneath the outer scales of the above-ground bulbs. These first produce grassy shoots then develop strappy mature leaves. Given sufficient light, racemes to 1 m long develop bearing flowers with white-margined green tepals. It seems appropriate to legitimize the cultivation of this fecund bulb by offering a documented collection. Divisions of HBG 63924, a plant collected by the late Michael Vassar (3938), 3 km S of Bloukrans Pass, E Cape, S. Africa. $5.



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