This creamy white Spiloxene flower was adorning the grass in September at Onrus, not far from the sea. Spiloxene capensis sometimes has an iridescent dark centre, but not always. It produces yellow, pink or white flowers. The other species with white flowers growing in this area is S. aquatica, which looks different and won’t make it in such a dry patch as where this plant was found. So, best guess is S. capensis.
The peacock flower, as S. capensis is known on account of its iridescent centre, which is absent here, is a variable species that bears four to twelve narrow basal leaves, Y-shaped in section. The solitary flowers are borne on hollow stalks. Flower diameter varies between 15 mm to 1 cm. The six anthers are yellow, erect and held together in the photo. Each flower has one large leaf-like bract at its base.
The plant occurs on seasonally moist flats in soil that is clayey or derived from granite. The distribution from Clanwilliam to Humansdorp includes quite variable habitat. The Spiloxene genus may have partly been moved to Pauridia (Bean and Johns, 2005; Manning, 2007; iSpot).