I was fortunate enough to spend the last few days in the Cederberg Mountains, one of my favourite places to hike, swim, mountain bike, botanize and relax. We drove along the back route via Ceres and the Koue Bokkeveld and came across thousands of these beautiful Brunsvigia bosmaniae flowering in the dry karoo landscape. While I have seen photos of there magnificent flowers in books, this was my first ‘live’ show and the sheer exuberance of these plants flowering en masse was something to behold. Without doubt this is a natural spectacle not be missed and is well worth the long gravel road and many corrugations of this route.
The flowering heads function highly effectively to disperse seeds. Anyone who has seen the dried flower heads rolling around the veld will appreciate how perfectly these species are suited to wind dispersal. Brunsvigia bosmaniae flowers from March to May mostly on gravelly soils from Namaqualand to Tygerberg and the Bokkeveld plateau (where these photo were taken) to the Roggeveld. Below is photo of a white flowering individual taken at the same time.