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1. New Albums and some changes


The latest genera Albums added to the Operation Wildflower Site are the ones on Colophospermum, Brunia and Quaqua. This means that photos and stories of plants belonging to these genera already on the Site have been moved from the more general Albums called Trees, Shrubs and Succulents into their own new Albums under Genera. 


There is a genus Album in every case where enough material has been accumulated to warrant a stand-alone grouping of photos and stories. There are now more than 170 such Albums on genera of South African plants. The biggest ones (most photos) belong to the genera Crassula, Euphorbia, Pelargonium and Aloe. Keep watching, more will be added! If there is no genus Album yet on the plant you are looking for, check under Types or the Search Box.


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Ammocharis coranica

Botanical Name

Ammocharis coranica

Other names

Karoo lily; Koranna lily; ground lily; knopieskop (Afrikaans); gifbol (Afrikaans); Ammocharis falcata




Bulbous plant, when in bloom up to 30 cm in height

Description of stem

Bulb can reach 30 cm in diameter; hard papery exterior

Description of leaves

Grey-green, smooth and strap-like, truncated with smooth parallel edges, emanating from the bulb in a characteristic pattern of obliquely stacked leaves, sometimes erect, but often prostrate

Description of flowers

Variable (according to geographic region?) from pale pink to cerise and wine-red; tips of petals start off creamish pink, gradually getting darker with the age of the flower; petals recurving gradually, perianth tube about 1,5 cm, anthers horseshoe shaped;

Description of seed/fruit

Fleshy seed capsule

Description of roots

Large, fleshy roots


Flower colour variation (should be studied for clarification)

Propagation and cultivation

Seed germinates easily; bulbs can be transplanted, takes a year or two to re-establish the roots upon transplantation


Grows in clay or sandy soil in full sun; drought resistant, but also copes in higher rainfall areas, good drainage needed; frost resistant


Popular garden plant; grazed by game and cattle

Ecological rarity

Fairly common

Pests and diseases





Karoo areas, summer rainfall grassland

Distribution (SA provinces)

Eastern Cape; Western Cape; Kwazulu-Natal; Mpumalanga


South Africa; Swaziland; Zimbabwe

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