Eucomis comosa, the Pineapple Flower or Pineapple Lily, is a species of flowering plant in the asparagus family Asparagaceae. A deciduous bulbous perennial used as an ornamental plant, it is endemic to South Africa. The flowers appear in summer and are arranged in a spike (raceme), topped by a "head" of green leaflike bracts. The species was first described by Dutch naturalist Martinus Houttuyn (1720-1798) in 1780, as Asphodelus comosus. The specific epithet comosus (shared by the pineapple, Ananas comosus) means "tufted".
Seen and photographed at San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.
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