Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Colchicum eucomoides
Synonym (old name) - Androcymbium eucomoides
Common name - Cup and Saucer, Men-in-a-boat , Patrysblom
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Habitat Clay flats.
Flowering time June - July
Description Plants with corms, stemless, deciduous. Leaves lanceolate to lanceolate-attenuate, spreading. Flowers crowded in dense sessile head, overtopped by the ovate greenish or whitish bracts. Flowers two to seven, sour or fermented smelling, tepal claws 5-8mm long, limbs eared and cupped below.
Androcymbiums are long lived plants, reaching at least 20-25 years of age in European species. After that the corm usually produces a stolon or dropper root, at the tip of which a new corm develops some distance from the mother corm, which is subsequently completely resorbed into the daughter. In this way, the plants migrate slowly over decades.
From Greek: andro = male; kymbe = boat; - "anthers in a boat"
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