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Zantedeschia aethiopica

   (Family: Araceae)
Afrikaans: vark blom, Wit varkoor English: Arum lily, Calla lily Xhosa: ihlukwe  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 1 - 2.5m
Special properties:
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Flowering time EDIT
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Flower colours
Flower type
  Flower scent EDIT
  Faintly scented
  Crawling insects and bees
  Flower info
  Inflorescence on a long scape, surrounded by a large, pure white, funnel-shaped spathe that has edges overlapping at the base. Flowers are unisexual, without petals: female flowers at the base of the spike, male flowers above.
  Leaf info EDIT
  Leaves basal, with a spongy petiole and an assigai- or arrow-shaped blade.
Fruit colour
  Seed info EDIT
  Fleshy fruits, green or orange when ripe.
Description EDIT
Rhizomatous geophyte, 60-100cm with plain green leaves and large pure white funnel-shaped flowers.
Growing EDIT
Distribution EDIT
Widespread through southern Africa in seasonally wet vleis and streams.
History EDIT
Ecology EDIT
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  • John Manning,(2008),Field guide to Fynbos,Struik  


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