Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Harveya purpurea
Common name - Persinkblom
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Habitat Stony and sandy soils.
Altitude Flats and lower slopes.
Flowering time September to December
Description Root holoparasitic plant up to 20cm high, with scale-like leaves. Flowers are hairy, in loose, short racemes, broadly funnel-shaped, and pink with yellow throat, about 30mm long. Stigma knob-like.
Host plants are various fynbos shrubs, especially in the bellflower family, eg. roella, wahlenbergia.
After W. Harvey, d. 1920, Irish treasurer-general of Cape and chief author of Flora Capensis, later professor of botany at Dublin.
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