The wand-like flowering stems of this Gomphostigma virgatum plant show little foliage among the flowers. Leaves and stems are green on this specimen, unlike the silvery grey often seen on these shrubs.
These evergreen perennials present their fragrant white flowers on slender stems. The stems gave the plant its specific name, virgatum, meaning twiggy or willowy.
Normally the form of the specific epithet would be virgata to fit the feminine Latin form of Gomphostigma as some sources in the literature have it and not the neuter virgatum, but the originally published orthography of a name remains the official one, with very limited corrections being allowed (Manning, 2009; Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; www.plantzafrica.com).
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