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Gnidia squarrosa (L.) Druce

This multi-branched, willowy shrub can reach a height of 1 to 2m. The leaves are small and narrowly lance-shaped.  The flowers are sweetly fragrant at night but unscented during the day which indicates that this species is pollinated by moths.

6 to 30 flowers appear on the tips of the slender branches. A single flower consists of a long calyx tube topped by a 4-pointed star, with 8 tiny finger-like petals in the mouth of the tube.  The tubes are mostly greenish yellow, the face of the star is creamy white and the flowers are tinted with maroon-pink. 

One small seed is enclosed in the persistent base of the calyx and will drop soon after ripening.  

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saffron bush, juffertjie-roer-by-die nag
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