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Tritonia crocata 'Tangerine'

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11th May 2013

A winter growing bulb from the southen Cape in South Africa. The typical form has glowing scarlet flowers but it has been widely hybridised and there are cultivars in a range of colours. This tangerine form also has distinctly zygomorphic flowers which suggest that it might be a hybrid of T. crocata that has entirely bypassed any involvement of T.crocata in the same way that a vegetarian beefburger has bypassed the cow. Indeed, it looks exactly like my plants of T. securigera.
It produces sheaves of tenacious leaves that die off in spring and 'thatch' the pots.