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Geissorhiza radians

The aptly named “Kelkiewyn” Geissorhiza radians lights up the veld in late spring. It grows in seasonally marshy areas around Darling, with smaller patches through to Gordon’s Bay. It dies back to a small bulb during the summer months when the wetlands dry up. Some species are pollinated by bees and those with a dark centres are pollinated by monkey beetles. Insects perceive the purple and red markings of the flower as neon colours, illustrating that what we see is oten in the eye of the beholder.