An online educational resource and botanical image library dedicated to
the flora; wildflowers, trees, shrubs, ferns, liverworts and mosses, found in
South-West England, mostly around Devon and Cornwall, by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Hesperantha coccinea - Crimson Flag, River or Kaffir Lily (Iridaceae)
Crimson Flag or Kaffir Lily
Hesperantha coccinea
- flower 1

Crimson Flag or Kaffir Lily
Hesperantha coccinea
- flower 2

Crimson Flag or Kaffir Lily
Hesperantha coccinea
- flower 3

Hesperantha coccinea is the correct name for this species; the genus was very widely known as Schizostylis, but Schizostylis was a monotypic genus and cytological examination by Dr. Peter Goldblatt proved it should be included with Hesperantha.

This species has probably become the largest Hesperantha species; however those who who are familiar with the genus Hesperantha would easily accept the change in status.

Images taken of cultivated plants that were raised from seed from a South African source at The African Garden, Estover, Plymouth, Devon.

The actual images are of Hesperantha coccinea GL 144, collected by Grimshaw and Linden in South Africa.

Many many hybrids exist in cultivation and these usually come in shades of pink or pinky-red; white hybrids also exist but these tend to be weaker plants. The species is very easily naturalised given the right conditions.

For more images of Hesperantha and other South and Southern African bulbs visit The African Garden website.

APHOTOFLORA supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project works closely with the following bodies and organisations.

Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland BSBI

The Botanical Society of
Britain and Ireland
BSBI is for everyone who cares about the wild plants of Britain & Ireland. Promoting the study, understanding & enjoyment of botany since 1836.

CISFBR or Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders

The CISFBR or Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders is an independent umbrella organisation supporting independent recorders and recording groups in the county of Cornwall.

Cornish Biodiversity Network

The Cornish Biodiversity Network
or CBN is the largest open source wildlife database in Cornwall that sends open source data to the NBN (National Biodiversity Network). It is a new recording system based on the ERICA database, the largest recording resource in Cornwall. The CBN best supports the activities and needs of the independent recording community and recording groups in Cornwall.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education.
"Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.


Hesperantha Schizostylis coccinea Crimson Flag River Kaffir Lily Iridaceae Images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the flora of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but a few species may only be determined by observing microscopic differences that are characteristic to any one species.