Country of Origin: Constantia Nek, Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
Habitat: Plants growing in seeps on vertical sandstone faces
Description: Small plants with tufted, compact rosettes and a few fairly thin, long roots. Leaves apetiolate; stipules ovate, 3-cleft, up to 5 mm. long, the central lobe lanceolate, the outer linear-setaceous; the c. 30 leaves often reddish, similar in size, compactly arranged, the old leaves forming a thick mat below; lamina obcuneate to spathulate, up to 25 mm. long and 7 mm. broad near the obtuse to truncate apex, base cuneate, bearing both types of tentacles; lower surface appressed-pubescent. Inflorescence with the base of each scape exserted horizontally from the leafs rosette, subsequently erect, 15-40 cm. tall-firm, bearing 2-12 secund flowers; pedicel, up to 8 mm. long. Calyx-lobes c. 5 mm. long, broadly ovate, obtuse. Petals broadly obovate-cuneate, c. 10 mm. long purple. Stamens with the filaments flattened and the connective dilated. Styles forked from the base, the branches shortly 2-3-fid and dilated at the stigmatic apex. Capsule ovoid; seeds fusiform, with the testa extended on both sides.
This accession has been observed in bloom on:
Accession # 200500078
Source: Matt Opel
Provenance: Constantia Nek, Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa (M.R. Opel 200)