Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Satyrium carneum
Common name - Rooikappie, Rooitrewwa
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Habitat Sandy coastal flats among dune-bush vegetation and coastal hills
Altitude Sea level to 300m
Flowering time September to November
Description Plants robust with stout stems, 30-70cm tall. Leaves 2-4, thick and fleshy, lower two partly pressed to ground, gradual transition to sheaths on stem. Inflorescence dense, flowers large, pale to rose-pink, sometimes white. Lip somewhat keeled, spurs 14-20mm long mostly close to ovary.
Pollinated by lesser double-collared, orange-breasted and malachite sunbirds, pollinia attach themselves to bird's beak.
carneum meaning 'flesh-coloured' referring to the often pale pink colour of flowers
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