Shrub to 1.5 m. Male and female flowers on same or different plants. Leaves lance-shaped, channeled, sparsely hairy and very prickly. Leaves closer to flowers are shorter and densely hairy. Male flowers have about 12 stamens. Female flowers have an egg-shaped receptacle and red, feathery styles.
The name “bergklimmersvriend” is used in irony, because the leaves deliver painful stings. An alternative anecdotal explanation is that the plant possesses a strong root system and thus provides good support to a climber losing her balance.
Distribution in the Hex
Sandy and rocky standstone slopes and flats in De Doorns Sandstone Fynbos, Hex River Arid Alluvial Fynbos, and De Doorns Renosterveld.
- Manning, J. & Goldblatt, P. 2012. Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region 1: the Core Cape flora, Strelitzia 29. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.