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Drawing by Auriol Batten.

Wild plants from by Christopher Whitehouse.

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Author:  Nicholas Edward Brown, 1932
Origin:  S + SW South Africa (Canary Islands, southern Europe, Ireland, Australia)
Soil:  Clay Soils
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  6 Centimetres
Height:  60 Centimetres
Flower:  Deep Orange
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Small Chasmanthe, Small Cobra Lily, Aunt Eliza, African Corn-Flag, Madflower
Synonyms:  Antholyza aethiopica, Linné 1759.
Gladiolus stolonifer,
Salisb. 1796.
Antholyza ringens, Andrews, 1798.
Antholyza vittigera
Gladiolus aethiopicus,
Drapiez, 1853.
Antholyza immarginata,
Brown 1928.
Chasmanthe peglerae,
N.E. Br. 1932.
Chasmanthe vittigera,
N.E. Br. 1932.
Petamenes aethiopica,
Allan, 1940.
Petamenes peglerae
, E. Phillips, 1941.
Petamenes vittigera,
E. Phillips, 1941.

This member of the Iridaceae family was given this name by Nicholas Edward Brown in 1932. It have been named by others, but this name seems to be the most frequent used. It is found in south and south-western South Africa, and have been naturalized in southern Europe and Australia. I've seen so many in Ireland. It prefer a rich clayish soil with some water and some sun. The bulb can grow to six centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 60 centimetres in height. The flowers are deep orange.

The genera name from Greek; chasmamai; 'yawning or gaping' and anthos; 'flower'. The species name aethiopia usually referred to the whole of Africa south of Egypt at the time of naming. Later, it have been used for the tropical part of Africa.

This is a winter-grower.

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