What’s flowering – Schizoglossum cordifolium

I came across this delicate little flower in a patch of shale fynbos just outside of the village of Greyton.

Schizoglossum cordifolium on www.fynboshub.co.za photo Sean Privett

Schizoglossum cordifolium is a slender, single-stemmed perennial that grows to 15 cm and oozes a milky latex if damaged. It is a member of the Apocynaceae family (commonly called the dogbane family) and many of these species are poisonous if ingested.  Schizoglossum cordifolium grows predominantly in open grasslands and low vegetation from Tulbagh and Paarl to Mpumalanga.

 

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