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Ornithogalum thyrsoides (Chinkerinchee)

This plant is endemic to the Cape Province in South Africa. It is also known by the common names of chinkerinchee or chincherinchee, star-of-Bethlehem or wonder-flower.

The latin name originates from the Greek expression for something really special (bird's milk) - ornithos (bird) and gala (milk).

When Chinkerinchees were first discovered by European visitors to the Cape of Good Hope, they took bunches of them back to Europe. This plant stays fresh for so long, that the blooms were still usable after the long sea voyage through the tropics.

On our mountain, the Chinkerinchees seem to grow exceptionally long stems.