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The distribution of this attractive and distinctive Eriospermum is in the western region of the Northern Cape as well as the south western Cape. The plants are usually found in rocky shady places amongst Karoo or fynbos vegetation. The solitary leaf may have a few to numerous unbranched enations separating it form Eriospermum paradoxum that has a single long profusely branched enation.

Eriospermum proliferum
A specimen originating from Charles Craib.

The tuber can be simple or have proliferating stolons.

The flowering time is in February and March and the leafing period April to October.

Propagation is from seed or if available, stolons.