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Clivia caulescens (Fire lily)

Kingdom: Plantae
clade: Angiosperms
clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
Genus: Clivia
Species: C. caulescens
Binomial name:  Clivia caulescens
Common name: Fire Lily

Clivia caulescens is an evergreen, bulbous plant native to the South Africa. It producing rhizomes which tend to sucker. It can grows as an epiphyte on trees in the wild, as well as growing in soil, or on humus-covered rocks.
The stem develops to a height of up to 2.0 m. and bears in summer an inflorescence consisting of 15-20 orange to cream-coloured, pendulous flowers. The petals curve outwards at their tips which are green. The flowers are followed by light yellow to almost purple berries vary from round to oblong and they ripen after about nine months.

Photographed at Tupare, New Plymouth.