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Ornithoglossum undulatum
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Distribution: Africa: South Africa: Eastern Cape: Northern Cape: Western Cape: Namibia:


Ornithoglossum undulatum is an attractive bulb that occurs in arid parts over a large area from southern Namibia to Somerset East in the Eastern Cape.

The plants are extremely poisonous when ingested and can lead to death of animals or humans.

The flowering time is from autumm to winter while the bulbs are in leaf. The bulbs lose there leaves during the hot summer months.

The bulbs are usually withdrawn quite deep into stony soil where they grow and are difficult to remove. Although seed is produced in late winter, this does not germinate readily.

Local common names include "Slangkop" (Afr. for snake head).

Ornithoglossum undulatum Ornithoglossum undulatum
Flowering on a bare shale patch in the Little Karoo.



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