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Rabbit's Ears

Haemanthus humilis

Description:

Seen while visiting the Sterkfontein Caves at the Cradle of Humankind (South Africa) Haemanthus is a small genus of bulbs endemic to southern Africa. Individual species may be evergreen, summer-growing or winter-growing. The flower consists of numerous florets held in a spherical or flattened umbel often surrounded by fleshy spathes, with the flower appearing before the leaves develop.

Habitat:

Haemanthus is found from Namibia through Namaqualand to the Western Cape and then through the Southern Cape to the Eastern Cape as far north as KwaZulu-Natal and the Transvaal. Haemanthus species are extremely variable in their habitat requirements - from coastal dunes to mountain tops, rocky ledges to seasonally-inundated gravel plains and bogs. Some species, such as H. canaliculatus, are to some extent fire-dependent in that they need occasional burning of their fynbos habitat to clear undergrowth in order to flower.


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3 Comments

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 4 years ago

Thanks Jae!

Jae
Jae 4 years ago

What a beautiful and unusual looking plant. Great spotting, Johan.

Johan Heyns
Spotted by
Johan Heyns

Mogale City Local Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa

Lat: -26.02, Long: 27.73

Spotted on Nov 8, 2014
Submitted on Nov 9, 2014

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