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Photo by Nick Helme, Biodiversity4all.org.


A single leaf by Nicola van Berkel, Biodiversity4all.org.


The caudex by Nicola van Berkel, Biodiversity4all.org.

Author: 

Pauline Lesley Perry, 1989

Family: 

ERIOSPERMACEAE*

Origin: 

Gourits River - Great Brak River; Southern South Africa

Soil: 

Sandy

Water: 

Medium

Sun: 

Medium

Thickness: 

0,8 Centimetres

Height: 

6,5 Centimetres

Flower: 

White / Green / Red

Propagate: 

Seeds

Names: 

-

Synonyms: 

-

This member of the Eriospermaceae* family was given this name by Pauline Lesley Perry in 1989. It is found from Gourits River to Great Brak River in southern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to 0,8 centimetres in diameter but five centimetres long, the entire plant to 6,5 centimetres in height. The flowers are white with green midnerve and faint red striations.

The genera name from Greek; erion; 'woll' and Greek sperma; 'seed'. The species means 'resembling a worm in shape' for the complex caudex

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Eriospermaceae is now part of the Asparagaceae.

This is a winter-grower, flowering in the autumn.


Jeanette Loedolff's drawing from the original publication.