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Clivia nobilis

Clivia nobilis is native to the coastal regions of the Eastern Cape Province. It flowers in spring with pendulous, tubular flowers, so it is somewhat similar to C. caulescens and to the fall-blooming C. gardenii. However, it is readily distinguished from both these other species by the leaves. The leaf has a dimpled tip, in strong contrast to the acutely pointed leaves of caulescens and of gardenii. The nobilis leaves also have finely toothed, horny edges that give the margin a distinctly rough feel, compared to leaves of the other species. Leaves of nobilis sometimes also have a white or lighter green midrib band, although not in every case.

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Last revised: 10 September 2002

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