Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Eriospermum cernuum
Common name - Cottonseed
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Habitat Damp sites on sandstone soils
Flowering time February to April
Description Plants up to 35cm high. Tuber is pear-shaped or subglobose, with a lateral growing point. Leaf is dry at flowering, erect, lanceolate to heart-shaped, leathery with sometimes a red margin. Flowers in a slender spike-like raceme, cup-shaped, white and slightly scented, pedicels 2-3mm long. Flowers on a slender peduncle.
From Greek: erion, wool; sperma, seed: = seed covered with white hairs.
cernua = slightly drooping
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