Drimia, Urginea spp ‘Slangkop’
By Dr Mackie Hobson BSc(Agric),BVSc

Friday, 8th March 2024

Because the plants have a supply of water in their bulbs they are less dependent on rainfall and can sprout in spring before the rains and so are often the only greenery around.

It is thought that after frost the ‘slangkop’ is considered safe. The leaves are considered less toxic than the flowers. Deaths occur 2 to 8 days after ingestion

Depending on the locality, it can be found in clusters or as solitary bulbs and it is variable. It grows between 350 mm and 2 m tall. It produces a big bulb, growing between 100-150 mm in diameter, covered with brown outer tunics and half submerged into the ground, covered with tough, overlapping fleshy scales. The flower-stem can grow well over 800 mm long, up to 2 m tall. It flowers end of the dry season.

SEE KRIMPSIEKTE https://www.angoras.co.za/article/krimpsiekte-cardiac-glycosides#126


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