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Brunsvigiais a genus of flowering plants of the Amaryllidaceae family of the order Asparagales. Several species are known, living in the arid regions of southern Africa. Mature specimens are set on a stem from which several branches extend from the top. Seeds are held at the tips.

When an individual withers and dies in the heat of summer, the stem snaps and the almost spherical remainder rolls around the desert. As the pods knock against obstacles, the round, green seeds are knocked to the ground and germinate immeadiately if in suitable conditions.

In the winter after burial, a quadret of flat, fleshy leaves are the first to emerge from the soil while a large bulb collects water from underground. By spring, the plant is now mature and produces bright pink flowers to attract pollinating insects. The dessicating summer kills the plant and starts the life cycle again.

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Brunsvigia is a flowering plant African plants in the Amaryllis family, subfamily Amaryllidoideae.[3] It contains about 20 species native to southeastern and southern Africa from Tanzania to Cape Province.

Brunsvigia are tender bulbs, winter-growing and summer-dormant, generally flowering in early autumn. The plants are often gregarious with flowers that are brilliant scarlet, pink, or red. Species:[4][5]

References

  • R.A. Dyer, 1950: A review of the genus Brunsvigia. Plant Life 6: 63-83
  • R.A. Dyer, 1951: A review of the genus Brunsvigia. Plant Life 7: 44-64
  • C.A. Smith, 1966: Common names of South African plants. Memoirs of the Botanical Survey of South Africa No. 35. TheGovernment Printer, Pretoria
  • R.S. Adamson, T.A. Salter (eds.), 1950: Flora of the Cape Peninsula. Juta, Cape Town and Johannesburg
  • J. Manning, P. Goldblatt, 2000: Wild flowers of the fairest Cape. Red Roof Design in association with the Nationalotanical Institute, Cape Town
  • E.G. Rice, R.H. Compton, 1950: Wild flowers of the Cape of Good Hope. The Botanical Society of SA, Cape Town
  • A. Pauw, S. Johnson, 1999: Table Mountain: a natural history. Fernwood Press
  • G.D. Duncan, 2000: Grow bulbs. Kirstenbosch Gardening Series, National Botanical Institute, Cape Town
  • G.D. Duncan, 2002: Grow nerines. Kirstenbosch Gardening Series, National Botanical Institute, Cape Town

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Brunsvigia: Brief Summary

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Brunsvigia is a flowering plant African plants in the Amaryllis family, subfamily Amaryllidoideae. It contains about 20 species native to southeastern and southern Africa from Tanzania to Cape Province.

Brunsvigia are tender bulbs, winter-growing and summer-dormant, generally flowering in early autumn. The plants are often gregarious with flowers that are brilliant scarlet, pink, or red. Species:

Brunsvigia bosmaniae F.M.Leight. Brunsvigia comptonii W.F.Barker Brunsvigia elandsmontana Snijman Brunsvigia gariepensis Snijman Brunsvigia grandiflora Lindl. Brunsvigia gregaria R.A.Dyer Brunsvigia herrei Leight. ex W.F.Barker Brunsvigia josephinae (Delile) Ker Gawl. Brunsvigia kirkii Baker Brunsvigia litoralis R.A.Dyer Brunsvigia marginata (Jacq.) W.T.Aiton Brunsvigia namaquana D.Müll.-Doblies & U.Müll.-Doblies Brunsvigia natalensis Baker Brunsvigia nervosa (Poir.) ined. Brunsvigia orientalis (L.) Aiton ex Eckl. Brunsvigia pulchra (W.F.Barker) D.Müll.-Doblies & U.Müll.-Doblies Brunsvigia radula (Jacq.) W.T.Aiton Brunsvigia radulosa Herb. Brunsvigia undulata F.M.Leight.
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