Cape + Eastern Cape; South Africa
||Rich - Mix
||75 (250) Centimetres
Wachendorfia elata, Salisb.
This member of the
Haemodoraceae family was
given this name by Carl Linnaeus in 1759. It is found in marshes and
along streams in South Africa, growing in a rich soil with lots water and
lots of sun. The rhizomes can grow to six centimetres in
diameter, the leaves up to one meter and the inflorescence with the
golden yellow flowers up to two and a half meter.
The genera is named after E. J. von Wachendorff,
a Dutch Professor of Botany. The species name as the flowers
arranged in a thyrse - a flower cluster with a central spike
that has side branches also clustered with flowers.