Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Ferraria crispa
Synonym (old name) - Ferraria crispa subsp. crispa
Common name - Spinnekopblom, Uiltjie
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Habitat Mainly coastal, sandstone and loamy places
Flowering time July to October
Description Plants 20-80cm high. Cormous geophyte. Ferraria is characterized by tough, long-lived corms lacking visible tunics and accumulating from year to year in a chain. Leaves 8-12mm wide, slightly fleshy, overlapping, partly concealing the branched, straight or slightly twisted stem. Flowers dull-coloured and speckled, about 35mm across, with crinkled tepal margins. Flowers last for only one day and are carrion scented.
From : Giovani B. Ferrari, d. 1653, Italian Jesuit and botanical writer.
crispa = undulating, crinkled
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