The large spathe bracts below and around the flowers Scadoxus puniceus often form a cup-shaped structure around the florets of the head. Here they are pale red, irregularly shaped, folded more than wrinkled. Their duties of covering the undeveloped buds when small is now less important or about over.
As tall as the flowers in the head or taller here, the flowers exceed the bracts in height in some specimens. Some plants may also have narrower and more pointed bracts.
The numerous small florets are short-tubed, their anthers conspicuously exserted. The nectar of these florets is sought by several kinds of birds, including sunbirds and weavers.
S. puniceus is the most variable member of the Scadoxus genus in southern Africa. It may bloom at any time over a long season, only excluding autumn and early winter.
The scarlet berries become 1 cm in diameter. Birds and monkeys eat the berries, contributing to seed dispersal (Duncan, et al, 2016; Pooley, 1998; iNaturalist; http://pza.sanbi.org).