Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Hesperantha falcata


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 Hesperantha falcata   Hesperantha falcata
 Hesperantha falcata   Hesperantha falcata


Habitat

Sandstone and shale slopes and coastal flats, widespread

Altitude

5-900m

Flowering time

July to October

Description

Plants 25-30cm high. Corm bell-shaped with a flat base, tunics usually smooth. Leaves sword-shaped to falcate (sickle-shaped),3-5, only half as long as the flowering stems. Flowers 3-8 per spike, white or yellow, outer tepals flushed red, pink or brown on the outside. White-flowered plants sweetly fragrant in late afternoon and evening when open, yellow-flowered open during middle of day and unscented. Perianth tube straight, 4-9mm long, tepals spreading, Bracts green, sometimes flushed with red. From Greek : hesperos, evening; anthos, flower = flowers of many species open towards evening. Falcatus : sickle-shaped = shape of some of the leaves

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2017 / 3 / 27