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Ornithoglossum viride

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H.C. Andrews drawing from around 1797-1815.

The flower by R. C. Turner,

Author: William Townsend Aiton, 1811
Origin:  Southern South Africa
Soil:  Grit - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  2,5 Centimetres
Height:  15 Centimetres
Flower:  Brownish-Red - Dark Purple
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Cape Poison Onion, Green Spider, Cape Slangkop, Yellow Slangkop
Synonyms:  Ornithoglossum glaucum Salisb.
Melanthium viride,
Ornithoglossum viride, Aiton var. undulatum, J.F.Macbr. = Ornithoglossum undulatum

This member of the Colchicaceae  family was described by William Townsend Aiton in 1811. It is found in southern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulbs will grow to 2,5 centimetres in diameter, the whole plant up to 15 centimetres height. The flowers are brownish-red to dark purple..

The genera name from Latin; ornis; bird' and glössa; 'tong' referring to the petals. The species name is Latin for 'green'.

The fruit.