Botanical name

Romulea flava var. flava

Family

Iridaceae
Romulea flava var. flava
Romulea flava var. flava
Romulea flava var. flava
Romulea flava var. flava
Romulea flava var. flava
Romulea flava var. flava

Description

Cormous geophyte up to15cm. Corm has an oblique basal ridge, basal ridges fibrous. Stem short or branching just above ground. Leaves 3-4, 1 or 2 clasping below, sometimes minutely hairy, 1-4mm in diameter. Flowers white or yellow rarely blue or pinkish with a yellow cup, sometimes scented; inner bracts papery and membranous.

The peduncles of most species in the genus are highly mobile and bend down after pollination, straightening again when seeds are mature and ready to be shed.

Many of the species are highly communal forming brillliant carpets of colour when in flower. The flowers only open on warm sunny days usually around midday.

Habitat

Sandy and clay soils

Flower Date

June to September