Colchicum melanthioides has a few leaves, broad at the base and sheathing the stem, then becoming long straps that taper to narrow tips. In the photo the leaf margins are seen to be curving in. A hint of translucence is created by the sun shining through the striped bracts.
The plant’s distribution area from the Eastern Cape to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia is large, diverse in climatic conditions and general vegetation.
Seeing the relevance for one of the plant’s common names of bobbejaanskoen (Afrikaans for baboon shoe), requires some imagination. Maybe the men-in-a-boat name shared with other species of the genus is easier to see, given the clasping of the bracts by the leaf bases (Manning, 2009; Germishuizen and Fabian, 1982).