Cyrtanthus suaveolens

Cameron McMaster
Tue, 17 Nov 2009 12:23:36 PST
Dear Ken
This species is confined to a small area of the Eastern Cape where it is endemic to the Amatola mountains.  It is very particular about flowering time - flowering in late spring (mid-Oct to Mid-Nov in the southern hemisphere)  It has rather distinctive leaves which are dark green with purplish margins and midribs and and the seed capsule when they formed are also tinged with purple.

The flower tubes are much shorter than C mackenii and generally the stems are also much shorter - usually a max of 25cm in the wild.

So if is flowering in your fall/winter its s not suaveolens  but could be C mackenii which does flower in winter and very early spring (August in the Southern hemisphere)

Kind regards

Cameron and Rhoda McMaster
African Bulbs
PO Box 26, Napier 7270
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