Bulbinella divaginata, in Afrikaans called geelpiet (yellow Pete), is a rhizomatous perennial found from the Cape Peninsula along a swathe of land along the west coast to the Richtersveld and into Namibia. The plant typically grows in clayey soil in renosterveld, which clearly does not occur throughout its distribution area; adaptation allows for multiple solutions. The specimen shown here is thriving among quartzite.
The thread-like leaves of Bulbinella divaginata grow in a tuft of up to 40 leaves, usually maturing after the autumn flowers. A membranous sheath surrounds the leaves at the base. Yellow flowers grow in a dense and narrow, cylindrical raceme that becomes about 45 cm tall. The plant in picture was seen in Namaqualand in April (Manning, 2007; iSpot).