Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Cyanella hyacinthoides
Common name - Lady's Hand, Raaptol
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Habitat Mostly clay and granite slopes.
Flowering time August to November
Description Plants 25 - 40cm high. Corm has fibrous tunics and is deep-seated. Leaves are linear to lanceolate, hairless to finely hairy. Flowers are in a branched raceme on spreading pedicels, blue to mauve, rarely white, violet scented, with 5 upper stamens and one larger lower. Flowers of all Cyanella species are buzz pollinated by large solitary bees. This is a system of pollination in which the pollen is not released passively, but is retained within the anthers and only released through small apical pores when the anthers are vibrated or manipulated by the pollinator.
From Greek: cyaneus, greenish-blue; -ella, diminutive.
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