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Bulbine
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Bulbine is a genus of plants in the family Asphodelaceae (occasionally Liliaceae [2]),
named for the bulb-shaped tuber shown by many of the species [3]. Bulbine is
found chiefly in Southern Africa, with few species extending into tropical Africa
and a few species in Australia [4].
Bulbine is characterised by having flowers borne in lax or compound racemes, and
by being succulent [4]. The flowers are mostly yellow, with bearded stamens,
although sometimes white, orange or pink [4]. Several species are grown in gardens,
although the most common species in the horticultural trade is B. frutescens [4].
Species of Bulbine resemble Haworthia and Aloe in appearance, but with soft fleshy
leaves, many with tuberous roots or a caudex. The various species grow as shrubs,
rough tough weedy perennials, dwarf geophytes, and soft annuals. Many of the
dwarf species have small, dome-shaped tubers.
Dormancy starts in late spring and lasts until mid autumn, but can vary between
species and in different conditions. Leaves die and drop and the roots contract into
the caudex leaving no visible sign of life on the surface. Propagation is mostly by
seed although cuttings are possible as some species will form multiple heads or
offsets.