Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Kniphofia uvaria
Common name - Vuurpyl, Red Hot Poker
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Habitat Seeps, marshes and streams on sandstone slopes.
Flowering time Mostly October to December. Flowers abundantly after fires.
Description Plants 50-120cm high, in small clumps. Leaves are strap-shaped, keeled, margins smooth or sparsely serrate. Flowers are in oblong to globose racemes on pedicels 2-5mm long, orange to greenish-yellow. Bracts ovate.
A genus closely related to the Aloe, differing in its long, narrow non-fleshy leaves.
After: Johan Kniphof, d.1763, German professor of Botany.
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