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  • n. Plural form of geophyte.


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  • Note 4: Renosterveld geophytes include Iridaceae, Asphodelaceae, Colchicaceae, Hyacinthaceae, Eriospermaceae, and Orchidaceae; van Rooyen and Steyn, 19. back

    Belongings: Property, Family, and Identity in Colonial South Africa

  • Its four main components are heaths, the Proteaceae, reedlike Restionaceae and geophytes (bulb-plants) including many Iridaceae.

    Cape Floral Protected Areas, South Africa

  • Adaptation to fire include geophytes which sprout from underground and seed storage both underground and in the canopy, some species requiring fire for germination.

    Cape Floral Protected Areas, South Africa

  • The mesophilous semideciduous forest with fluctuating moisture has an arboreal story 8-15 m high, an undergrowth of microphyllous and thorny deciduous species (with leaves 1-6 cm long), and a rich herbaceous layer formed by numerous geophytes.

    Cuban dry forests

  • The Albany area is also a center of endemism for certain geophytes including Cyrtanthus, Albuca and Ornithogallum.

    Albany thickets

  • One example unique to the Montane Fynbos and Renosterveld is the mountain pride butterfly (Meneris tulbaghia), which pollinates phylogenetically disparate autumn-flowering, high-altitude geophytes.

    Montane fynbos and renosterveld

  • Baboons and molerats are dependent upon geophytes, and molerats are capable of eating toxic geophyte bulbs, such as Boophane spp.,

    Montane fynbos and renosterveld

  • Fynbos covers 19,227 km2 (54 percent) of the region, and is commonly identified as a hard-leaved, evergreen, and fire-prone shrubland characterized by four major plant types: restioids, ericoids, proteoids, and geophytes.

    Montane fynbos and renosterveld

  • Finally, geophytes or bulblike plants, are usually most conspicuous after fires, and also have attractive blooms.

    Montane fynbos and renosterveld

  • Most endemic species grow in fynbos vegetation, although locally endemic geophytes are relatively common in renosterveld vegetation in the western, winter-rainfall part of the lowland and montane fynbos ecoregions.

    Montane fynbos and renosterveld


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