Lampranthus aureus, Golden Vygie
Lampranthus aureus is a neatly rounded, erect, small shrub that grows up to about 400 x 500 mm.
The leaves are paired, free or slightly fused at the base, dark green, and grow to 50 mm. The most attractive aspect of the plant is its unbelievably bright orange flowers. The shiny orange flowers in clusters on short stalks are 60 mm in diameter and appear from August. Yellow forms also occur. After flowering, a woody fruit capsule that has five locules follow.
Lampranthus aureus is best suited for winter rainfall areas and hot summers. The plants do not thrive where they are subject to prolonged periods of frost. They can withstand extreme dry conditions and do not need much care.
They are pollinated by insects when flowers are fully open.
The swollen leaves ensure the survival of it during long, hot, and dry spells. Brightly colored flowers invite pollinators and ensure seed production. Another adaptation for survival is an abundance of seeds produced. The more seeds there are, the better the chances of germination and survival.
According to the current Red List, Lampranthus aureus is Vulnerable.
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