Nothoscordum x borbonicum
[= Nothoscordum fragrans]
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|Nothoscordum x borbonicum
flowering in a Cape Town garden. [photos
Robertson, Iziko ©]
An introduced weed in
southern Africa, often found growing in garden lawns and along roads. It is
difficult to control because the parent plant produces many small bulblets which
get left behind when the plant is pulled out. It is closely related to Allium
which is the onion and garlic genus but it does not have the same strong smell. Nothoscordum
x borbonicum is a natural hybrid between
N. gracile and N. entrerianum which originate from Argentina in
South America (Meyer 2000). Nothoscordum weeds in southern Africa
evidently have previously been misidentified as Nothoscordum
gracile when in fact they are Nothoscordum x borbonicum.
Meyer, N.L. 2000. Alliaceae. In: Seed Plants of
Southern Africa (ed. O.A. Leistner). Strelitzia 10: 569-570.
National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
Ravenna, P. 1991. Nothoscordum gracile
and N. borbonicum (Alliaceae). Taxon 40: 485-487.