Friday, 8 March 2013


Eucomis is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Scilloideae. Most species of this genus are commonly referred to as pineapple flowers or pineapple lilies. They are bulbous perennials with basal rosettes of leaves with stout stems covered in star-shaped flowers, similar to those of the pineapple - hence the common names.

The name Eucomis is of Greek origin, eu- meaning "pleasing" and kome "hair of the head", thus referring to the tuft of leaf-like bracts that crown the inflorescence of the species in this genus. There are ten species native to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Eucomis can be found in grassland, forest, swamps and on river banks, but are absent from the drier regions.

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