Candelabra Flower

Candelabra Flower


Vital Statistics

Latin Name
Brunsvigia Natalensis
Description
A bulbous perennial herb which grows up to 500 mm in height. The bulb, covered with brown membranous tunics, has a width of 200 mm. Two to six broad leaves, about 10 cm long, flat on the ground are produced after the flowers in winter. The long, slender flowering stem carries a beautiful inflorescence, which is 300 mm in width, with crimson-red trumpet-shaped flowers. The Candelabra Flower flowers from November to January.
Habitat
Is found scattered in open grassveld but is quite rare. Grows in the Northern Province.
Seed
The green globose seed will germinate while still on the parent plant.
Fruit
As the fruit ripens the peduncle dries and shrinks, thus loosening its hold on the bulb. The wind hurtles it out and whirls it away, often carrying it for miles, scattering its seeds en route, before it becomes lodged against a fence or any other obstacle.



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