These Scadoxus puniceus leaves on their purple-spotted false stem were seen under a tree in the Magaliesberg during January.
The large ovate leaves are borne nearly erectly, at the base sheathing the pseudostem, i.e. each other collectively to form the “stem”. Their wavy and entire margins taper to acute tips. There is a thick keel or midrib on the leaf, paler than the already pale green blade that is faintly, longitudinally furrowed.
The perennial, bulbous plant of the Amaryllidaceae family, commonly known as the blood lily or red paintbrush, reaches heights in its annual foliage and flower stem from 30 cm to 1 m.
A solitary brush-like, orange flowerhead, hemispherical to flattish topped, is produced on a sturdy scape next to the leaves. This may happen any time from winter through summer.
The filaments of the florets are scarlet, the anthers yellow. They are surrounded by broad and short, triangular bracts, brownish in colour. Scarlet berries follow successful blooming (Manning, 2009; Duncan, 2010; Van Wyk and Malan, 1997).
(Photos of the flower taken by Ricky Mauer are posted in the Plant Record on this plant elsewhere on this Site.)