Common name: Glory lily
Botanical name: Gloriosa superba
Other common names: Flame lily, gloriosa
General description: A climbing/scrambling tuberous perennial cultivated as an ornamental, but now found mostly in disturbed areas in sandy coastal regions.
Flowers: The showy flowers are bright red, orange or yellow, with the petals deflexed backwards and six prominent spreading stamens. The singly borne flowers usually point downwards with the petals having a wavy margin; 4.5-7.5cm in diameter.
Leaves: Bright green leaves are 4-25cm long and 1.5-4.5cm wide, shiny, lance-shaped tapering to a tendril-like tip. These tendril leaf tips curl around supporting plants.
Fruit/Berries: The fruit is an oblong, three-lobed green capsule, 3-10 cm long containing numerous red, spongy seeds.
Symptoms: Symptoms of ingestion can include numbness of the lips, tongue and throat. Nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain may develop after 2-12 hours; increased heart rate and chest pain. Seizures, bone marrow failure and death have been reported. Contact with the tubers or sap may cause contact irritation of the skin.
Toxicity category: 1, 3
Warning: Seek urgent medical assistance for all ingestions.