Flower emblem: ‘Clivia miniata’ leads the pack

2010-11-26 00:00

VOTES for the election of the city’s official flower emblem are slowly trickling in.

As of noon yesterday, 26 votes had been cast and the Clivia miniata was leading the pack with a total of 10 votes.

It is ironic that the Clivia miniata is the early front-runner.

Readers may recall The Witness reporting that this was the flower that was initially suggested as the city’s emblem, before full council vetoed the suggestion.

They made a call for additional candidates and said ratepayers should also be given a chance to have their two cents worth.

Hot on the Clivia miniata’s heels is the Kniphofia caulescens with seven votes.

The Adenium multiflorum has garnered three votes thus far to clinch the third spot while the Scadoxuz puniceus and the Scilla natalensis are tied with two votes apiece.

Directly below them lie the Gerbera aurantiaca and the Aloe pruninosa with one vote each.

Three flowering plants have failed to gather any votes — the Hypoxis colchicifolia, Eucomis automnalis and Albuca fastigiata .

Msunduzi’s horticulture manager Sergie Naidu said residents who want to play an active role in the election of the city’s flower emblem will have until this coming Monday to do so.

The results will then be presented to the municipality so that a final decision can be taken, but that date has yet to be confirmed.

Following the initial flower emblem story that appeared in The Witness on Tuesday, a few queries have been received regarding the selection of some of the flowering plants.

Readers have pointed out that some of the candidates are indigenous to other parts of the province and not to Pietermaritzburg specifically, and the picture named as Scilla natalensis was incorrect.

Naidu said that with Pietermaritzburg being the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, the shortlist also included plants that are indigenous to other parts of the province and not just the city alone.

To cast your vote, e-mail Sergie Naidu at sergie.naidu@msunduzi.gov.za.

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