The flowers of Bowiea volubilis subsp. volubilis grow in large, convoluted inflorescences comprising many fleshy, bright green stems that branch and scramble. Each small flower is solitary on a long stalk.
The yellow-green flower, pale and slender, has a six-pointed star-shape formed by its free, narrowly lance-shaped tepals that spread or flex backwards, each tapering to a rounded tip.
The six stamens are also free, erect in a ring around the superior ovary visible in the centre; each stamen arising from the base of a tepal. The stamens are tipped with tiny, cream, oblong anthers. The about globular ovary is topped by a short, terete or cylindrical style with a three-lobed stigma at its tip.
Flowering happens from midsummer to early autumn. The photo was taken in January.
The brown, three-angled, oval capsule that follows the flower dehisces when ripe, releasing a few flattened, shiny black seeds (Pooley, 1998; Leistner, (Ed), 2000; www.plantzafrica.com).
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