Ornithogalum sardienii

When I first saw these little beauties on a hillside on the outskirts of Calitzdorp I had no idea what they could be, but after some searching in my library I found the original description of the species by Ernst van Jaarsveld in Bradleya 1994. Although it has since been found in a few other places and is now known to occur from Calitzdorp in the west to De Rust in the east it is considered critically rare. It grows in the shade of shrubs and often forms dense clumps. The photograph was taken in the first week of May last year.

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3 Responses to Ornithogalum sardienii

  1. Bishop says:

    Hi Frank, is that some kind of moss growing along? I wonder if that is something to help keep moisture around the bulb. Thanks and have a great day!

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  2. fransnoltee says:

    Yes, the plants are growing in moss on the shady side of a slope.

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