Boophone

Boophone

Observation - Boophone - Southern Africa. Description: Annually-burned firebreaks, quite old - judging by leaf residue on stem.

Annually-burned firebreaks, quite old - judging by leaf residue on stem. One can also get an idea of how fire frequency has changed over the years by looking at the bulb. The bottom half of the bulb has had a fire only every few years - the big black 'rifts'. However, annual fires have burned away each year's leaf residue. Therefore, the 'rifts' are much smaller or non-existent.