Karomia tettensis, the wild parasol flower or northern Chinese hats, is a shrub or small tree common in woodlands or thickets in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The mauve and blue colours and the delicate saucer shape make the flower special. It used to be called Holmskoldia tettensis.
The literature about this plant and the South African species, Karomia speciosa or southern Chinese hats contains some ambiguity. The direction taken by Coates Palgrave (2002) is accepted here.
The garden species of Karomia with brick-red or orange flowers sometimes seen around South Africa is Karomia sanguinea, originating from the foothills of the Himalayas in India.