Author : Schönland
Family : Eriospermaceae
Habitat : South Africa
Eriospermum dregei is a small, unusual, geophyte with a below ground tuber (caudiciform). It is very remarkable in particular as to the leaf. This vegetable oddity produces a single leaf blade with branched, featherlike appendage called enations of variable length. They look kind of like fuzzy parsley. Each year the leaf dies in summer and sprouts again in late summer-autumn or so. If it is mature, it should flower in that gap
Leaf: Solitary, hysteranthous (produced after the flowers), erect. The leaf appear to have multiple leaves or leafy/stemmy appendages (enations) rising from a single short stipe (stalk), up to 10 mm long, from the centre of the lamina, but in fact they are outgrowths of a single leaf. These appendages are almost dichotomously branched, with linear, thick and fleshy segments and numerous featherlike branches. There are about five main branches about 18 mm long then much-branched heads, forming a semicircular mop up to 50 mm across, all covered with clusters of long, curly hairs. Contemporary leaf sheath exserted about 15 mm, and are densely covered with hair-clusters often giving a greyish woolly appearance. Juvenile leaves are orbicular to broadly ovate-cordate, 7 mm from apex to the depression and 10 mm wide and does not have enations. Old leaf sheaths are up to 6 cm long and 3-4 mm diameter, widening up to 8 mm near ground level, and membranous.
Adult plant resting. Croissance hivernale
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