Flattest yet!

At the weekend we went for a hike in Hout Bay. As well as great views (Signal Hill and the back of Table Mountain in the distance), I came across this strange plant. It is the flattest that I have seen yet! Any ideas on it?

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5 Responses to Flattest yet!

  1. Elsa July 23, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    A little book of nature?

  2. Niall July 23, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    hiding from the wind?

  3. Helen July 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    Wow! that really is a flattie.

  4. Elephant's Eye July 23, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

    OK it is a bulb. Hang on I’ll look it up. Maybe Boophane? Now renamed Crossyne. Parasol lily. Flowers after fire in March to April. Leaves follow in May. Maybe Haemanthus – April Fool. And there are other South African bulbs with that pair of leaves lying flat, trying to grow one in our garden. Same way of growing as the Namibian Welwitschia.

  5. mol-d July 26, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    thanks elephant’s eye. could it be a Haemanthus pubescens?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haemanthus_pubescens

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