I have the orange form in very limited numbers, though very small plants at this stage.
Spicy sweet-scented. Grows in seasonally moist or waterlogged flats in deep gravelly sand. Known to remain seasonally dormant in the wild, though not in cultivation. Flowers – mauve-white. Leaves pustulated.
Source – Duncan G. et al 2012 Lachenalia pp 201-204
One of the reasons I really enjoy rare plants - (and their unusual individual characteristics) – in this case water-repellent
Polyxena ensifolia - MAUVE FORM
POLYXENA (subgenus of LACHENALIA)
Polyxena ensifolia (Lachenalia ensifolia)
ETYMOLOGY: ensifolia. Sword-shaped leaves
Leaves: lanceolate (sometimes oval) <100 x 35, spreading habit, longitudinal grooves, undersides plain green to purple tinged. Bearing a fringe of short hairs.
Flowers: white or mauve, spicy sweet-scented. Recurved. Pollen – yellow. March to June
Ovary: elliptical in outline, three lobed body.
Seeds: 1.4 x 1.2 ovoid, shiny, black. Distributed locally and windblown scape.
Pollinated by honey bees (Apis millifera) and butterflies
Distribution: Southern and south-western Cape, RSA. 22 localities
Conservation status – Not threatened
· Duncan G.D. 2012 The Genus Lachenalia
· Hey P. 2017 observation in cultivation Just Cliveas and Rare Things
Massonia echinata CVR - NAPIER FRAGRANT PINK
ETYMOLOGY: citrina – lemon coloured
Herbaceous perennial, bulb - ovoid, 15-20mm
Leaves: 2, ovoid, sharply pointed, 8 x 11, smooth, green with purplish margins, flat (adpressed) to ground.
Flowers: Distinctly lemon-coloured, flesh filaments and style. April to August
Ovary: Distinctly three lobed.
Seeds: variable 1.3 x 1.4, shiny brown-black, wind dispersed.
Pollinators – Habitat – rodents, including gerbils (Gerbilliscus afra)
Distribution – Small area only, Rooshoogte Pass, Western Cape. RSA
Conservation status - Rare
· Pinter M. et al 2013 Phytotaxa 112.2.3
· Hey P. 2017 observations in cultivation Just Cliveas and Rare Things
Leaf surface is polymorphic. Most specimens have plain green foliage, some, however are spotted. Occurs naturally in shallow acid soil (humus), full sun or partial shade. Will tolerate both very dry and very wet conditions. Beautiful turquoise flowers.
Source: Duncan G. et al 2012 Lachenalia pp 110-113
Massonia echinata CVR - NAPIER FRAGRANT WHITE
In Eastern Australian conditions, our M. echinata ‘NAPIER FRAGRANT’ is a summer senescent, bulbous perennial, bearing two oval leaves (~12 x 7), emerging in late February to mid-March, adpressed to ground, non-pustulated, hirsute, light to mid-green, approx. 9-10 parallel ridges (divided with sub-ridges) to an abruptly acute tip. Flowers – Filament white to pink, yellow pollen (12) -14mm. Style white/pink to deep pink (10) – 12mm. Flower buds emerge early and remain closed until April/May, opening gradually over approximately five weeks. NB. Colour variable from white to pink. There is a tendency for anthocyanin pigments (pink/red) to intensify with an increase in available nutrients. Notable is a sweet, pleasant perfume, present during flowering. Pollinates readily, produces copious seed. Bulbils develop slowly and flower at approximately three years.