Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Thereianthus bracteolatus
Common name - Somerpypie, Bloupypie
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Habitat Well drained soils at a wide range of altitudes.
Flowering time October - January, especially after fire.
Description Plants 15-30cm high. Corm globose with coarsely fibrous tunics. Leaves cylindrical without prominent veins, up to 150mm long, sometimes withering at flowering time. Sturdy stem with hard brown bracts carries 7-14 deep blue to purple, rarely white, flowers, in a spirally arranged spike.
From Greek: thereios = summer, anthos = flower.
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