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Brunsvigia is a genus of flowering plants of the Amaryllidaceae family of the order Asparagales. Several species are known, living in the arid regions of southern Africa. Mature specimens are set on a stem from which several branches extend from the top. Seeds are held at the tips.

When an individual withers and dies in the heat of summer, the stem snaps and the almost spherical remainder rolls around the desert. As the pods knock against obstacles, the round, green seeds are knocked to the ground and germinate immeadiately if in suitable conditions. 

In the winter after burial, a quadret of flat, fleshy leaves are the first to emerge from the soil while a large bulb collects water from underground. By spring, the plant is now mature and produces bright pink flowers to attract pollinating insects. The dessicating summer kills the plant and starts the life cycle again. 


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