Romulea

Romulea

toxic genus of plants in the family Iridaceae; small, onion-like plant with a mauve flower, pineapple-like fruit and a deeply situated bulb. A very persistent weed causing much loss of productivity in the pasture. Is also a common cause of intestinal obstruction with phytobezoars produced from the fibrous leaves. Causes infertility and incoordination in sheep if infested with the leaf fungus Helminthosporium biseptatum. Called also onion grass. Includes R. bulbocodium, R. longifolia (syn. R. bulbocordium, R. rosea), R. rosea var. australis.
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32) It feeds predominantly on the ground and favors corms of the onion grass Romulea longifolia as well as seeds, nuts, berries, fruits, roots and bulbs, and insects and their larvae.
3) The very fact that scholars disagree (4) about whether the Romulea poems also contain a Christian message indicates that this was not the poet's primary purpose.
Edwards 2004:152 goes even further in describing the Romulea as "so empty of Christian teaching that we are tempted to doubt the allegiance of the author".