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Apodolirion lanceolatum

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales > Family: Amaryllidaceae > Genus: Apodolirion

Distribution and habitat

Recorded from Ladismith, Oudtshoorn, Still Bay and Swellendam, all in the Western Cape, South Africa. Grows on south-facing slopes among rocks (Manning et al. 2002). 

Life cycle

  • The bulb is about 30 mm in diameter. The ovary is below ground, which is thought to give it protection in the summer heat (Manning et al. 2002).
  • Flowers from December to February, at which time the leaves are dried up (Manning et al. 2002).
  • Pollinator(s) unknown?
  • One leaf is produced after flowering, dying back later. It lies almost flat on the ground (Manning et al. 2002).
  • Fruit is a succulent yellow-coloured berry (Manning et al. 2002). The manner in which the fruit is dispersed is unknown?


  • Manning J., Goldblatt P. and Snijman D. 2002. The Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs. Timber Press, Portland.

Text by Hamish Robertson