When a young Lapeirousia jacquinii plant starts out in life, its leaves spread in a small fan, the floral bracts above them on the same stem.
The lowest leaf is well longer than the inflorescence, but veers to the side, while the inflorescence gains more height. The strap-shaped leaf surface is clearly ribbed.
The second leaf spreading in the opposite direction is sickle-shaped, also with an acutely tapering tip. The two upper leaves growing from the lower stem rather than ground level, are both shorter, more blunt-tipped and less committed to a clear shape of their irresolute margins.
The floral bracts higher up on the stem are short, each having a long, erect corolla tube emerging immediately above it (Manning, 2007; Manning and Goldblatt, 1997; iNaturalist).