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Tritoniopsis lata (100 seeds)


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Tritoniopsis lata (Iridaceae) Wiry, unbranched, sturdy-stemmed, cormous geophyte, up to 50cm. Leaves 1-3, long and narrow, veined, emerging from a neck of wiry fibres at ground level, 3-5 smaller stem leaves; spike of irregularly shaped, striking pink flowers with dark markings on lower sepals, arise from dry, brownish bracts. Sowing : Seed is sown in autumn, thinly, in deep (min. 10 cm) seed trays, to allow for root development. The soil medium should be well drained, a recommended mix being 2 parts sand : 2 parts compost : 1 part loam or equal parts sand and compost, and the seeds should be planted 3-4 mm deep, covered with clean sand and kept moist and lightly shaded. Locality: Buffelsdrifdam. Harvest: September 2021