Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Harveya capensis
Common name - Inkblom
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Habitat Lower slopes of mountains.
Flowering time November To February
Description A holoparasitic, root parasite, up to 40cm high. Leaves are scale-like. Flowers in loose racemes, tubular with flaring petals, white or tinged pink, with a narrow, yellow throat, turning black if bruised. Calyx is hairy. Stigma knob-like.
Host plants are various shrubs, including cliffortias, ericas and rhus.
After William Harvey, d. 1920, Irish treasurer-general of the Cape Colony, chief author of Flora Capensis.
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