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Calla Lily / Kala

Zantedeschia aethiopica


It is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant, evergreen where rainfall and temperatures are adequate, deciduous where there is a dry season. Its preferred habitat is in streams and ponds or on the banks. It grows to 0.6 – 1 m tall, with large clumps of broad, arrow shaped dark green leaves up to 45 cm long. The Inflorescences are large, produced in spring, summer and autumn, with a pure white spathe up to 25 cm and a yellow spadix up to 90 mm long.


Native to southern Africa in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland. This one was planted in my garden.


It contains calcium oxalate, and ingestion of the raw plant may cause a severe burning sensation and swelling of lips, tongue, and throat; stomach pain and diarrhea may occur

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Lat: 45.08, Long: 13.64

Spotted on May 17, 2009
Submitted on Feb 26, 2012

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