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Scientific Name: Hypoxis hemerocallidea
Alternative Names: Inkomfe (Zu)

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Hypoxis hemerocallidea
Hypoxis hemerocallidea
Hypoxis hemerocallidea
Hypoxis hemerocallidea


  • Perennial
  • Indigenous to South Africa.
  • Tuberous perennial with linear to broadly lance-shaped, slightly hairy leaves which are arranged one above the other to form 3 groups spreading outwards from the center of the plant.
  • The underground tuberous rootstock or corm, is hard, fleshy, mucilaginous and dark brown or black on the outside and yellow-orange inside when freshly cut.
  • Sliced corms, when exposed to the atmosphere, turn black with oxidation.
  • Bears bright yellow star-shaped flowers on long slender stalks.
  • The fruit is a capsule that splits across its diameter to expose the small black seeds.
  • Dies back in winter.
  • Full sun.

Parts Used

  • The tuberous rootstock or corm.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Immune Stimulant.
  • Helps with Diabetes.
  • Prostate problems.
  • Anti-cancer properties (like prostate cancer).
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
  • Urinary tract disorders including bladder infections.
  • TB.
  • Arthritis.
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