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A mature leaf from Lifestyle Seeds.

The flowers by James Van Vuuren,


Author:  John Gilbert Baker, 1896
Origin:  S+E South Africa
Soil:  Mix: Sand + Clay
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  4 Centimetres
Height:  7 Centimetres
Flower:  Whitish
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  -

This member of the Eriospermaceae* family was given this name by John Gilbert Baker in 1896. It is found in south and eastern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil, consisting of clay and sand, with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to four centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to seven centimetres in height. The flowers are whitish.

It only have a single, bluish heart-shaped, hysteranthous leaf with peculiar flat enations above, and it is slightly bluish.

The genera name from Greek; erion; 'woll' and Greek sperma; 'seed'. The species name for the shape of the leave: 'Elk-hornes'.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Eriospermaceae is now part of the Asparagaceae.

This is a winter-grower.

Early stage of the leaf by Kevin Jolliffe,