Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Alectra sessiliflora var. sessiliflora


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 Alectra sessiliflora var. sessiliflora   Alectra sessiliflora var. sessiliflora
 Alectra sessiliflora var. sessiliflora   Alectra sessiliflora var. sessiliflora
 Alectra sessiliflora var. sessiliflora

Habitat

Damp flats and lower slopes

Altitude

Flowering time

October to April

Description

A hemi-parasitic plant up to 30cm. Lance-shaped leaves that are coarsely toothed below and longer than the flower buds. Flowers are solitary in the axils, yellow to orange with darker veins. The common name 'verfblommetjie' refers to the early use of the rootstock as the source of an orange-yellow dye used for colouring fabric. From the Greek alector, a cockerel, Greek mythology allusion obscure. sessile meaning not stalked and refers to the stalkless flowers.

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2017 / 3 / 27