Hessea sp. emerges

After more than 70 years, Hessea cinnamomea has emerged en masse at Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area (KRCA).

In 2013, a section of the KRCA was burnt after 70 years,   shortly afterwards a low number of the Hessea cinnamomea emerged, after sprouting and setting seed the plants soon died and were expected not to be seen flowering for another 10 years. But the plants surprised everyone after a burn in   February, they again emerged en masse with about 200 individuals creating an amazing sight.

This species is one of eight Hesseas endemic to the Western Cape and is a member of the Amaryllidaceae family – generally found in peaty lowlands of the Western Cape. As it’s names implies, the white to pink flowers have the distinct smell of spice.

For further information, please contact the Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area Office on 021-700-1843.