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|Distribution:||South Africa: Western Cape Province: Little Karoo: Eastern Cape Province: Northern Cape Province: Namaqualand:|
Eriospermum paradoxum is a member of an odd and unique genus that is mainly distributed in the desert and semi-desert areas of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Eriospermum paradoxum occurs in arid areas of South Africa.
The plants are winter growing with a freely rooting potato-like tuber. The enations (bifurcating protrusions) of the single leaf demonstrate the diversity in the genus and gives the appearance of a small Christmas tree.
In spring the leaf dies off, leaving the tuber to rest underground for the next season.
During autumn a raceme of white fragrant flowers is produced.
Cultivation of the plants is relatively easy. The tuber should be planted about a cm or 2 below the surface of a well drained soil. Water only very occasionally during the summer months and in winter only when the soil is dry. Propagation is by seed or by dividing the tuber.
|A very attractive hairy plant from unknown origin.||This is an adult bulb from the Oudtshoorn area measuring only a few centimeters across. At some localities the bulbs can grow to a considerable size.||A flowering plant from Keurkloof Nature Reserve. This image is for sale at http://public.fotki.com/soilandroots/plantsandflowers/rimg0022.html|
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