Ferraria divaricata, commonly known in Afrikaans as the geel spinnekopblom (yellow spider flower), grows to heights around 45 cm. The above-ground parts are deciduous, while a new corm is formed annually on top of the old one, a common occurrence in some plants of this family.
The species distribution in the Northern Cape and Western Cape ranges from Namaqualand to the Cape Flats and the Little Karoo to Oudtshoorn. The photo was taken near Kleinzee.
The habitat is sandy soil in semi-arid conditions, often near the west coast where it experiences low winter rainfall and hot dry summers. The species is not considered to be threatened in its habitat early in the twenty first century (Manning and Goldblatt, 1996; http://redlist.sanbi.org).
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