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Eriospermum paradoxum is a member of an odd and unique genus that is mainly distributed in the desert and semi-desert areas of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Eriospermum paradoxum occurs in arid areas of South Africa.

The plants are winter growing with a freely rooting potato-like tuber. The enations (bifurcating protrusions) of the single leaf demonstrate the diversity in the genus and gives the appearance of a small Christmas tree.

In spring the leaf dies off, leaving the tuber to rest underground for the next season.

During autumn a raceme of white fragrant flowers is produced.

Cultivation of the plants is relatively easy. The tuber should be planted about a cm or 2 below the surface of a well drained soil. Water only very occasionally during the summer months and in winter only when the soil is dry. Propagation is by seed or by dividing the tuber.

Eriospermum paradoxumEriospermum paradoxum in habitat in the Little Karoo.