Cormous geophyte up to 15 cm. Leaves linear to lance-shaped. Flowers (September to October) in branched racemes, yellow or pink, fragrant, with 5 upper and 1 larger lower stamen.
The yellow subspecies ocurring in the Hex is known as C. lutea lutea. C. lutea is buzz-polinated, meaning that pollen is released in response to the vibrations of buzzing insects.
Distribution in the Hex
Clay flats of De Doorns Renosterveld Karoo.
- 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.