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Albuca bruce-bayeri
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Distribution: Africa: South Africa: Western Cape:


Albuca bruce-bayeri is only known from the Little Karoo in the Western Cape.

This delightful small bulb is a winter grower. The leaves form an upwards spiral like a corkscrew, distinguishing it from some other spiral leaved Albucas e.g. Albuca viscosa and Albuca namaquensis that spiral sideways. The plants have nodding flowers similar to the latter two, but the flowers appear in autumn in the beginning of the growing fase unlike the other two that flower during spring.

I have found these bulbs at a few locations around Oudtshoorn where they were never plentiful, only a few here and there.

Cultivation is not difficult as long as good drainage is maintained.

Included are a few images from plants in habitat south of Oudtshoorn.


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Albuca bruce-bayeri in habitat. The leaves appear in autumn and flowering is soon after in April.



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