Brunsvigia orientalis?

Cameron McMaster
Fri, 04 Jun 2010 12:20:51 PDT
Dear Jacob

This beautiful plant is Brunsvigia radulosa.  I have often seen them flowering in January around New Bethesda, which is about 60 km north of Graaff Rienet in the Eastern Cape.  The form that occurs here is particularly dark red as your picture proves.  This species is widespread in the summer rainfall,  higher altitide regions of the Eastern Cape and the Orange Free State.  The flowers are insect pollinated.  Brunsvigia orientalis occurs in the lower altitude regions in the winter rainfall region of the Western Cape and its flowers are shaped quite differently to B. radulosa, being adapted to sunbird pollination.

Cameron McMaster

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