Romulea macowanii var. macowanii is a small cormous perennial of the Eastern Cape, the Free State and Lesotho. The leaves are long and very narrow, less than 1 mm wide and grooved. Several Romulea species grow in Europe, particularly Italy and near Rome that was named for Romulus; and so is the plant genus.
Some Romulea species have flowers so alike that examination of the corm is required for accurate identification. Corms are often asymmetrical with woody coats.
The common name of froetang is a corruption of the Portuguese word fruta, meaning fruit. The young fruits of several Romulea species are eaten, mainly by children (Manning, 2009).