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Family: COLCHICACEAE

 Ornithoglossum undulatum
 


 Photo by Cameron McMaster, Pacificbulbsociety.org.

 
Author:  Robert Sweet, 1825
Family:  Colchicaceae
Origin:   Namibia, South Africa
Soil:  Grit - Mix
Water:  Minimum - Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  5 Centimetres
Height:  5-20 Centimetres
Flower:   White/Purple
Propagate: Seeds
Names:  Wave-Leaved Bird's Tongue, Poison Onion, Cockatoo Snakelily
Synonyms:  Cymation undulatum, Spreng., Lichtensteinia undulata Willd., Melanthium undulatum, J.W.Loudon, Ornithoglossum glaucum Salisb. var. grandiflorum Baker, Ornithoglossum glaucum Salisb. var. undulatum, Baker, Ornithoglossum lichtensteinii Schltdl., Ornithoglossum undulatum, Spreng., Ornithoglossum viride, Aiton var. grandiflorum, T.Durand & Schinz, Ornithoglossum viride, Aiton var. undulatum, J.F.Macbr.

 A drawing by Edward Dalton Smith.
   This member of the Colchicaceae family was given this name by Robert Sweet in 1825. It is found in southern Namibia and western South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with little to some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to five centimetres in diameter, the entire plant from five to twenty centimetres in height. The flowers are white and purple.

The genera name from Latin; ornis; bird' and glössa; 'tong' referring to the petals. The species is named for its crisped or undulated leaves.

I think this must be a winter-grower, but it will probably grow when it is watered.

     
A flowering from Redlist.sanbi.org.                             And another old drawing.