Botanical name

Romulea dichotoma

Family

Iridaceae

Description

Cormous geophyte, plants up to 35cm high; corm with an oblique basal ridge of fibril clusters. Stem branching divaricately (widely spreading, often almost horizontally) above ground, often ciliate. Leaves 2-3, 4-grooved, sometimes minutely hairy, 1-2mm in diam; flowers pink with yellowish cup, tepals elliptical; bracts with narrow membranous margins, inner bracts with wide brown-speckled membranous margins.

The genus Romulea named after the founder and first king of Rome; the genus is represented in Italy.

The flowers of Romuleas only open on warm sunny days usually around midday.

Habitat

Sandy flats and slopes.

Flower Date

September to October