Lapeirousia jacquinii, the pers cabong (purple cabong), is a small, cormous perennial. The corm is bell-shaped with a woody coat. The common name of cabong, associated with several Lapeirousia species, is derived from the name an early tribe, probably the Nama, gave these plants.
The flowers of L. jacquinii grow in a spike in late winter to early spring. This specimen, found flowering near Clanwilliam in August, has blue flowers and not the expected dark purple ones. The corolla has a long, slender tube at the base where the tepals are joined and striped dark and pale blue. The corolla opens in two-lipped shape, the lower tepals positioned closely together are streaked with dark blue and white. The upper tepal is larger than the others (Manning, 2007; iSpot; Bond and Goldblatt, 1984; www.pacificbulbsociety.org).
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