Zantedeschia odorata

Quick Characteristics:

Flower Colors: white
Flower Season: mid winter to late winter
Usage: fragrant tuber
Life form: deciduous tuber

Zantedeschia odorata P.L.Perry is endemic to the Bokkeveld Plateau where it grows in damp places in dolerite outcrops. It grows to 75 cm high and has arrow-like leaves. It can be distinguished from the other winter rainfall species, Zantedeschia aethiopica, by having a spathe that is scarcely flaring, a smaller spadix, and a fruiting peduncle that bends over. Flowers are very fragrant with a freesia like scent. Graham Duncan in Grow Bulbs comments that it "has very limited horticultural merit and is not more heavily scented than Zantedeschia aethiopica". This species is deciduous and flowers in habitat July-August. Photo taken in September 2011 near Nieuwoudtville by Cameron McMaster.

Zantedeschia odorata, Cameron McMaster

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