The genus includes about a dozen species of small, compact plants, the growths having 4 to 6 pairs of leaves. They are native to South Africa. The growing period is in the summer, the plants requiring a position in full light. As the root stocks are long, they should be accommodated in tall pots, in a very sandy compost.

Nananthus rubrolineatas. A very interesting species forming clumps which are more or less prostrate. The flowers are yellow, the petals having a very distinct line down the middle.

Nananthus vittatus. The leaves are of different-lengths; narrow, triangular, and rough. Flowers, pale yellow, the petals having a fine red middle line.

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