Swaziland's Flora Database:
Watsonia pulchra N.E.Br. ex Goldblatt
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Herb
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Found within protected areas
Common species of the eastern escarpment from north-eastern Natal, through Swaziland to the eastern Transvaal.
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Watsonia densiflora - Robust, up to 1,2 m or more high. Leaves stiffly erect, up to 75 cm long x up to 3 cm wide, with conspicuous horny margins. Flower-spike up to 60 cm long with large number of close-set flowers in two rows; bracts rigid, up to 3 cm long, hiding axis and overlapping those of next flower above. Perianth of various colours (usually shades of magenta); cylindrical portion of tube slender, erect c 15 mm long, dilating into funnel-shaped portion which is curved outwards, c 2 cm long, ending in about equal segments up to 2 cm long X c 8 mm wide. Anthers c 1 cm long, with two downward projecting points. Style-branches c 7 mm long. (A rather distinct variety, with narrower leaves, smaller perianths of a deep maroon or burgundy colour is perhaps better regarded as a distinct species.)
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Goldblatt, P. 1989. The Genus Watsonia. National Botanic Gardens, South Africa.