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Shedding of leaves at the
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Sandersonia

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Family Colchicaceae
Name Sandersonia aurantiaca
Common Names Christmas bells, Chinese-lantern lily
Featured Plant October 2007
Etymology
Sandersonia Named after John Sanderson, 19th century Scottish journalist and amateur botanist who in 1851 discovered the plant in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
aurantiaca From Latin aurantiacus meaning orange coloured, referring to the colour of the flowers..

  See also:  Bulbs, Corms & Tubers

Sandersonia is a deciduous perennial that climbs weakly. It survives the winter as a V-shapped tuber. There is an eye at each end of the tuber that can sprout into a new plant, but it is usual that only one eye sprouts. The tuber can be split in the middle to encourage both eyes to sprout.

The delicate golden yellow bell shapped flowers appear in the summer, followed by green fruits encased in the old flower petals. These ripen in the autumn and split open to release numerous light brown seeds.


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