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Chasmanthe aethiopica

The pale green leaves are lance-shaped with a prominent mid-vein, 12-20 mm wide.  The deep orange flower is trumpet-shaped with a tube that is divided into a slender, twisted lower portion, 7-15 mm long, and then abruptly swollen into a cylindrical upper portion, 16-25 mm long.  The flowers are arranged in a spike all facing one side.   The fruits are dark purple which mature into large, swollen capsules that split open to expose the seeds, which are pea-sized and bright orange.

The long-tubed, orange flowers are adapted to pollination by sunbirds, the Lesser Double-collared Sunbird, being the most frequent visitor.

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Common Name:
Small cobra lily
Plant Height:
50 cm
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Flowering Time:
April, May, June