Pietsnot – Grielum Humifusum

Pietsnot - Grielum Humifusum

A common flower of the famous spring flowering season, shining sulphur yellow with a white ring in the centre. This plant has a large fleshy, or more precisely, a slimy root system that was an important seasonal carbohydrate staple food to the Nama and Khoi tribe inhabitants of the area in the past. Some of the ecotourists who try it today might still acquire the taste, especially if hunger helps. Pietsnot seeds contain an inhibitor to prevent germination until enough water has reached them, when the inhibitor is neutralised and new plants can grow, ensuring to some extent that the seeds are not lost in unsuitable conditions.