The dodo lily or orange ifafa lily as Cyrtanthus brachyscyphus is commonly known, was scientifically earlier called C. parviflorus. The deciduous plants become from 30 cm to 45 cm tall.
The leaves appear concurrently with the flowers. They are strap-shaped, about 5 mm wide.
The flowers are smaller than on some of the more spectacular Cyrtanthus relatives, but the plant makes up for that by being easy to grow. The flower tubes widen slightly to their mouths. The perianths are about 4,5 cm long.
The pointed corolla lobes in picture form a zigzag pattern. Blooming happens through spring and summer. The purple, ripening fruits are ellipsoid.
The red tube flowers and hollow flower stems are typical of the Cyrtanthus genus. Several Cyrtanthus species flower best shortly after veld fires.
The species distribution is in southern KwaZulu-Natal and the east of the Eastern Cape.
Dodo lilies grow in summer rainfall moist grasslands or along streambanks. The species is not considered threatened in habitat early in the twenty first century (Pooley, 1998; Gledhill, 1981; www.pacificbulbsociety.org; http://redlist.sanbi.org).