Moraea fugax, called soetuintjie or wituintjie in Afrikaans was an important food item long ago on the menu of Western Cape and Namaqualand indigenous populations. Those that may still harvest the corms will bundle them and boil them in milk or roast them in hot ash according to ancient recipe.
The plant is a deciduous perennial with iris-like flowers and erect, lance-shaped inner tepals. Flowers are white, yellow or several shades of blue. Each flower only lasts from about noon or early afternoon to sunset on one day. The one or two leaves are narrow and trailing, emanating from the stem, not the base.
The subspecies filicaulis grows from Namaqualand to about Clanwilliam. Subspecies fugax is found in Namaqualand and southwards to the Western Cape. The one in picture was photographed at Onrus near Hermanus in October (Manning, 2007; Van Wyk and Gericke, 2000; www.pacificbulbsociety.org).