Plant Heritage (NCCPG)

Part of the responsibility of holding a NCCPG Plant Collection is not only to study in depth a chosen genus but also to conserve, share observations and information. To that end, I am undertaking a morphological study to accompany the many photographs of Tulbaghia in the collection.

Of course none of this would be possible without the extensive study of the genus by Professor Canio G. Vosa and R. B. Burbidge. Conclusions of both authors differ slightly.

The two references that I have consulted in this study are:
The Cytotaxonomy of the genus Tulbaghia;Canio G. Vosa. Estratto Annali di Botanica. Vol XXXIV, 1975. Roma.
"A revised cytotaxonomy of the genus Tulbaghia (Alliaceae) by Prof. Canio G. Vosa; Caryologia Vol.53, no.2: 83-112.

Two major changes are listed in this latest revision.
Tulbaghia cepacea changes to Tulbaghia violacea & Tulbaghia fragrans changes to Tulbaghia simmleri.

Tulbaghia are important medicinal plants.

Several species of Tulbaghia have economic and medicinal importance.
A recent study of Tulbaghia violacea has also shown properties which may hold the potential for treating high blood pressure. [hypertension]
Links to scientific papers, herbal medicine and culinary use will be added to the Tulbaghia web as time permits.


The recommendation of Tulbaghia for culinary or medicinal use is beyond the scope of this study.

Litigation… Law suits …… and lack of medical knowledge on my part prompts me to offer you the following quote from Mark Twain.

"Be careful about reading health books. You may die of misprint."

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