Lachenalia ensifolia

October 30, 2019

This tiny little plant is unlike other Lachenalia species the flowers are not carried on an upright stem but are clustered at the base of the two stems on the ground. The flowers are white to mauve and are almond scented and are predominantly pollinated by honeybees (Apis mellifera) and the painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui), which is often seen on the reserve. They usually grow in the shade or shrubs and trees. They favour moist sites and can be found abundantly in a variety of local habitats.