Eriospermum zeyheri is a tuberous perennial. Its inflorescence resembles that of E. aequilibre, but that plant has a different leaf-shape. Since both these plants grow leaves in winter and flowers in late summer or autumn, identification mistakes are easy in summer.
This leafless E. zeyheri plant has a sturdy purplish grey stalk, ready to carry the fruits and seeds until dispersal time. The lowest flowers on the raceme have already been transformed into lumpy green fruits subtended by narrowly pointed calyx lobes. This process has also started on the closed flowers above them, pollination being over and the wait for seed has begun.
The plant was photographed on the Minwater farm near Oudtshoorn in April (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; Bond and Goldblatt, 1984; www.pacificbulbsociety.org).