Brunsvigia orientalis – the Candelabra Flower blooms in the Overberg in late summer before the leaves sprout. The bulb sends up a huge flower cluster of about 60cm resembling a red chandelier.
The genus name Brunsvigia was in honour of the house of Brunswick (German history 1638). The specific name josephinae was named in honour of the Empress Josephine, Napoleon’s first wife. There are approximately 20 species of Brunsvigia found throughout southern Africa.
Thanks SANBI & Wikipedia for this info on our Cape Whale Coast flora.
roncorylus posted the following picture taken between Stanford and Gansbaai on the Cape Whale Coast of South Africa.
A drive from Stanford to Gansbaai takes one through some excellent stands of Brunsvigia orientalis growing in a firebreak at the side of the road. It is a rare sight to see so many flowering together.