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Flame lily

Gloriosa superba


The national flower of Zimbabwe, it is common in Zimbabwe and Botswana and blooms during the rainy season


sandy soil near the chobe river


All parts of the Gloriosa contain colchicine, the roots and seeds are especially rich. The lethal dose of colchicine is about 6 mg/kg,[5] and Gloriosa superba has been used as a means of committing suicide.

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North-West District, Botswana

Spotted on Dec 30, 2013
Submitted on Jan 6, 2014

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