These Lachenalia carnosa flowers were seen near Concordia in Namaqualand during September. There was already another lunch guest, believed to belong to the Diaphone eumela species. This caterpillar, to become a moth with nocturnal habits, is commonly known as a lily borer, which makes its intentions quite clear.
L. carnosa is a bulbous perennial that grows two short, broad, lance-shaped leaves, longitudinally funnelled with purple markings and margins. The flower stalk in picture shows translucence against the light.
The flowers are sessile with white tubes that end in bright pink-purple to crimson tips that curve outwards. The inner tepals are slightly longer than the outer ones. The yellow or dark anthers, as well as the stigma, are visible in the open flower mouths, but not exserted, shorter than the tepals (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010).
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