Durbanville Nature Reserve – Dainty Soldier-in-a-box – 6


Albuca cooperi is a bulbous perennial, between 35-60cm, with the outer bulb tunics decaying into fibers at the top, and 2 or 3 slender, channeled leaves that clasp the stem in the lower part and are warty towards the base. It bears a raceme of fragrant, nodding yellow flowers with broad green bands. 15-25mm long; the inner petals have a hanging flap at the tip and the outer stamens are sterile.

Albuca cooperi flowers mainly from September to November.


Albuca cooperi can be found in stony, mostly sandy slopes and flats, sometimes limestone, from Namaqualand to the Eastern Cape.

Dainty Soldier-in-a-box, Albuca cooperi, Durbanville Nature Reserve, Durbanville, South Africa
  • Location: Durbanville Nature Reserve, Durbanville, South Africa
  • Date Taken: 2020-10-25
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-200 mm 3-5.6 IS
  • Exposure Program: Manual
  • Image Quality: RAW
  • F-Stop: f/7.1
  • Exposure Time: 1/320 sec
  • ISO Speed: ISO-100
  • Focal Length: 200 mm
  • Metering Mode: Spot Metering
  • Handheld
  • Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop CS6
  • Photographer: Coreen Kuhn
  • Information: Field Guide to Fynbos by John Manning

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