Ornithogalum thyrsoides is a bulbous plant species that is endemic to the Cape Province in South Africa. It is also known by the common names of chinkerinchee or chincherinchee, star-of-Bethlehem or wonder-flower. It produces long-lasting flowers prized as cut flowers. It is grown in a sunny or partially shaded sheltered spot. The plant becomes dormant shortly after flowering in spring and early summer. The dormant bulb must not be exposed to freezing temperatures.
It is perennial, attaining 29–50 cm (11–20 in) in height, becoming dormant during winter. It produces half-a-dozen fleshy leaves which die after flowering – the leaves being some 15–30 cm (5.9–11.8 in) in length and 0.5 to 1.5 cm in width, lanceolate, smooth and soft-textured. The flowers are in a compact raceme of 30-50 or in a loose corymb of 5-20 flowers. The flowers are bowl-shaped with green bracts of approximate pedicel length. Flowers are white to creamy-white, with brown or green centers fading with age. They are seen from October to February, and are phototropic (turning towards the sun). The spindle-shaped capsular fruit holds black, shiny seeds of diverse shapes.
- Location: Botterblom Nature Reserve, Durbanville, South Africa
- Date Taken: 2021-10-25
- Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
- Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM
- Exposure Program: Manual
- Image Quality: RAW
- F-Stop: f/5
- Exposure Time: 1/80 sec
- ISO Speed: ISO-160
- Focal Length:93 mm
- Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
- Information: Wikipedia
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