Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Harveya squamosa
Common name - Jakkalskosinkblom, Orange Inkflower
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Habitat Deep sandy soils.
Flowering time September to December
Description Stout, fleshy holoparasitic plant up to 20cm high. Leaves scale-like. Flowers sparsely hairy, are in long, dense racemes, tubular, orange with a yellow throat, short petals and about 4cm long. Stigma knob-like. Most likely pollinated by sunbirds.
The host plants of this root parasite are restios of the genus Willdenowia and daisies in the genus Othonna.
From: William Harvey, d.1920, chief author of Flora Capensis, and later Professor of botany at Dublin.
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