|Author: ||J.C: Manning & A. Vinnersten, 2007
Cape, South Africa
Melanthium capense, Carl Linnaeus, 1762.
capense, George Claridge Druce, 1914.
Colchicum capense subsp. ciliolatum,
J.C.Manning & Vinn.
Anguillaria capensis, Spreng.
Plexinium punctatum, Raf.
This member of the Colchicaceae
family was given this name by John Charles Manning and Annika Vinnersten in 2007.
It is found grass land of the Western Cape in South Africa, growing in a well
drained soil with some water and some sun. The bulbs will grow
to three centimetres, the stemless plant up to fifteen centimetres
in height. The flowers are white and will be seen in the spring.
The name of the genus derives
from Κολχίς (Colchis), the Ancient Greek name for the region
of კოლხეთი (Kolkhida) in modern Georgia (Caucasus). The species name
indicates it origin from the cape.