Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Alectra sessiliflora var. sessiliflora
Scientific name - Alectra sessiliflora var. sessiliflora
Common name - Yellow Witchweed, Verfblommetjie
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Habitat Damp flats and lower slopes
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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