Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Berzelia alopecuroides


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 Berzelia alopecuroides   Berzelia alopecuroides
 Berzelia alopecuroides


Habitat

Marshy areas on mountain slopes

Altitude

Flowering time

September to January

Description

An erect, sturdy shrub up to 1,5m. The hairless, stalkless, stiff leaves are c. 4mm long and crowded on numerous ascending branches. The flowers are borne in massed heads about 15cm or more across at the ends of the main branches. The globular flower heads are c. 5mm in diameter and have pale flowering stems. The striking fruit is distictively red coloured and persists in clusters on the plant, giving an attractive appearance of red berries. The fruit gradually fades in colour and can remain on the plant for a further season. alopecuroides meaning 'like a fox's tail' must refer to branches resemblance to a fox's tail!

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2017 / 3 / 29