Geissorhiza Species Two

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Geissorhiza hesperanthoides grows on damp and marshy mountain slopes in the Southwest Cape and blooms late spring into summer. It is a sporadic bloomer, often blooming after a fire or when vegetation has been cleared so it has more light. It has one to three blue to violet flowers and a fibrous corm tunic. Photo taken on Napier Mountain in the Overberg by Cameron McMaster.

Geissorhiza geminata, Cameron McMaster

Geissorhiza heterostyla is a blue to purple flowered plant that is found in a wide distribution of the South African Cape and is usually found on stony clay slopes. This species was grown from seed named Geissorhiza fulva which is another species entirely with yellow flowers. Grown by Mary Sue Ittner, photo by Bob Rutemoeller. An additional photo from Mary Sue Ittner shows the corms.

Geissorhiza heterostyla, Bob RutemoellerGeissorhiza heterostyla corms, Mary Sue Ittner

Photographs by Cameron McMaster and Mary Sue Ittner were taken in the Komsberg and near Middelpos in the Roggeveld in September in different years.

Geissorhiza heterostyla, Komsberg, Cameron McMasterGeissorhiza heterostyla, Middelpos, Cameron McMasterGeissorhiza heterostyla, Komsberg, Mary Sue IttnerGeissorhiza heterostyla, Komsberg, Mary Sue IttnerGeissorhiza heterostyla, Komsberg, Mary Sue IttnerGeissorhiza heterostyla, Middelpos, Mary Sue Ittner

Geissorhiza imbricata is one of the last ones to bloom. As it grows in wet sandy flats, marshes, and next to streams in the winter rainfall areas it needs good water until it blooms. Photo by Bob Rutemoeller of the plant and Mary Sue Ittner of the corms

Geissorhiza imbricata, Bob RutemoellerGeissorhiza imbricata corms, Mary Sue Ittner

Geissorhiza inaequalis is found on rocky slopes in heavy clay in the winter rainfall areas. Photos 1 and 2 taken by Mary Sue Ittner in September 2006 in the Nieuwoudtville flower reserve.

Geissorhiza inaequalis, Nieuwoudtville, Mary Sue IttnerGeissorhiza inaequalis, Nieuwoudtville, Mary Sue Ittner

This plant has been too easy in Northern California where I am finding it appearing all over my garden. It produces large numbers of tiny cormlets around the corm and they flower quickly. Still it is long blooming and tolerant of a lot of rain. Photos 1 -3 by Mary Sue Ittner. The last shows the corms on a 1 cm. grid. They started falling off as I placed them on the paper, but you can still see some of the tiny cormlets. Photo 4 of seed by David Pilling.

Geissorhiza inaequalis, Mary Sue IttnerGeissorhiza inaequalis, Mary Sue IttnerGeissorhiza inaequalis corms, Mary Sue IttnerGeissorhiza inaequalis seed, David Pilling

Geissorhiza inconspicua is found on mountain and flats in the southern Cape. Plants grow to 30 cm. high and the small white or blue to purple flowers that appear October to November are formed in a four to seven flowered spike. Photos taken by Andrew Harvie at the Tradouws Pass in the Overberg where they were growing in a rather protected area at the base of a cliff in one of the sidings on the pass.

Geissorhiza inconspicua, Tradouws Pass, Andrew HarvieGeissorhiza inconspicua, Tradouws Pass, Andrew Harvie

Geissorhiza inflexa is found on clay flats and slopes in the north and southwest Cape. It can be white or cream and sometimes purple or red. The red form was formerly known as v. erosa, but scientists have now discarded that name. This red one, grown of seeds from Silverhill Seed, is especially beautiful. Pictures below are habitat shots. The first two were taken by Mary Sue Ittner showing a red population flowering near Tulbagh in August 2006 where it was indistinguishable from a distance from Babiana villosa which was the very same color. See habitat shots of both by looking at Babiana villosa. The next picture was taken by Bob Rutemoeller near Paarl in September 2003 shows a number of white ones in flower and the last photo was taken by Cameron McMaster near Napier in the Overberg

Geissorhiza inflexa, Mary Sue IttnerGeissorhiza inflexa, Mary Sue IttnerGeissorhiza inflexa, Bob RutemoellerGeissorhiza inflexa, Cameron McMaster

Photos taken by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner of plants grown from seed illustrating leaves, bud, flowers, and corms.

Geissorhiza inflexa bud, Mary Sue IttnerGeissorhiza inflexa stem and leaf, Mary Sue IttnerGeissorhiza inflexa leaves, Mary Sue IttnerGeissorhiza inflexa, Bob RutemoellerGeissorhiza inflexa, Bob RutemoellerGeissorhiza inflexa corms, Mary Sue Ittner

The photos below were taken by Jacob Uluwehi Knecht of the striking red form.

Geissorhiza inflexa, Jacob Uluwehi KnechtGeissorhiza inflexa, Jacob Uluwehi Knecht

Geissorhiza juncea is distributed on sandy flats and slopes in the western Cape. Plants grow to 40 cm high and the small white to pale yellow flowers are in a five to eight flowered spike. Flowering occurs between August and November. Photos taken by Andrew Harvie on Table Mountain in a drip cliff along the track up from Constantia Nek.

Geissorhiza juncea, Table Mountain, Andrew HarvieGeissorhiza juncea, Table Mountain, Andrew Harvie

Geissorhiza karooica is known from two locations in the Karoo desert. It is a dwarf species, typically under 6 cm (2.4 inches) tall. It's probably closely related to G. spiralis and G. corrugata, both of which also grow in the Karoo. But those species have twisted leaves, while G. karooica has straight ones. Photo by Gordon Summerfield.

Geissorhiza karooica, Gordon Summerfield

Geissorhiza leopoldtii flowers in late winter, early spring. It is found in the Northwest Cape on mostly south-facing shale slopes. Flowers are white, pink or mauve. Photos below from Mary Sue Ittner show a white form grown from seed. These flowers are very reminiscent of many of the white Hesperantha flowers I grow, but are open all day and night, not just in the late afternoon and evening. They are fragrant as well and make quite a display. One is shown when first opened next to a yellow Hesperantha vaginata. The final picture shows the corms on a 1 cm. grid.

Geissorhiza leopoldtii, Hesperantha vaginata, Mary Sue IttnerGeissorhiza leopoldtii, Mary Sue IttnerGeissorhiza leopoldtii, Mary Sue IttnerGeissorhiza leopoldtii corms, Mary Sue Ittner

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