A wild plant (and a caterpillar) by
Nick Helme, Ispotnature.org.
The leave's underside by Nick Helme,
Two wild plants by Nick Helme, Ispotnature.org.
Pauline Lesley Perry's herbarium
Pauline Lesley Perry, 1989
Van Rhynsdorp, Biedouw; MW South Africa
Medium - Maximum
Yellowish-Green / Red / Green
This member of the
Eriospermaceae* family was given this name by Pauline Lesley Perry in
1989. It is found around Van Rhynsdorp and Biedouw in mid-western South Africa, growing in a
sandy soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to
two centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to five centimetres in height. The flowers are pale yellowish-green with
suffused faint red striations and the mid-nerve is green. The leaves are
densely pubescent with short
white hairs on the underside, more scarce above, which is shiny.
The genera name from Greek; erion; 'woll' and Greek sperma;
'seed'. The species name from Latin; Sub-; 'under' and
incanum; 'hoary, grey with age, like grey felt, for the leaves.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG
is now part of
This is a
winter-grower, flowering in the autumn.