The genus Gethyllis (or the kukumakrankas) consist of about 32 species, mainly occurring in the western dry regions of South Africa. This one is probably Gethyllis afra. The flower emerges after a dormant period during which the above-ground plant parts disappear. The flower is followed by a cucumber-like edible fruit, that has been used to make brandy long ago. It is well known in parts of the Western Cape and north up to the Richtersveld.