Clivia miniata (Lindley) Regel
Boslelie (afr), Bush Lily (eng), Natal lily
Distribution: From the Kei Mouth in the Eastern Cape to Baberton in Mpumalanga, including KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland
Habitat: Under tree cover in escarpment, mistbelt and coastal riverine forests growing in leaf mould on the forest floor and in loose rocky habitats such as sandstone, rhyolites and dolerite.
Plant size: ±500 mm in height, growing in clumps or large colonies.
Leaves: Dark green, hairless and tapering towards a pointed tip with leave bases overlapping. ±500 x 65 mm.
Flowers: Flowering time for C. miniata is from August to November (Spring – early Summer). Flowers are approximately 70 mm in diameter with ± 30 in inflorescence. The peduncle is ± 450 mm long. Colour yellow, orange to red.
The seeds are carried for approximately 9 months in berries which ripens during winter. There are up to 20 seeds in the berry but < 10 is the norm.
Lindley, J. (1854). New Plants Vallota miniata. The Gardener’s Chronicle 8: 119.
Regel, E. (1864). Clivia miniata Lindl. Amaryllideae . Gartenflora 13: pg 131