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Syringodea longituba-var-violacea
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Distribution: Africa: South Africa: Northern Cape: Western Cape:


Syringodea longituba is a South African endemic that occurs from Namaqualand in the north to Bredasdorp in the south. The short-lived violet or blueish-violet flowers appear in late autumn and winter at the same time when the bulbs awake from dormancy and the leaves start to develop.

The small bulbs with narrow green leaves can form quite extensive colonies. The bulbs are often smaller than 1 cm across but under good conditions the bulbs can penetrate up to 10 cm into the soil.

Syringodea longituba var. violaceae differs from the typical variety in that it has a white or violet throat whereas the typical variety has a yellow or orange throat.


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A large population near Volmoed. The flowers close up in the late afternoon. The bulbs are sunk relatively deep into the ground. They are usually even smaller than the once illustrated here. A flowering plant at Volmoed.
Syringodea longituba-var-violacea
A flowering specimen at Leopoort.



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