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Family: AMARYLLIDACEAE 

 Cyrtanthus mackenii
 

 

  
Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker 1869
Family:  Amaryllidaceae
Habitat:  Eastern South Africa
Soil:  Rich
Water:  Medium-Maximum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  2,5 Centimetres
Height:  30 Centimetres
Flower:  Red, Yellow, Cream-Coloured, White
Reproduction:  Seeds/Bulbs
Pop names:  Ifafa Lily
Synonyms:  -

 

 

   This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1869. It is found in eastern South Africa, growing in a rich soil with quite some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to two and a half centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 30 centimetres in height. The flowers are from white over cream and yellow to red.

Cyrtanthus mackenii var. mackenii: White flowers.

Cyrtanthus mackenii var. cooperi: Yellow or cream-coloured flowers.

Cyrtanthus if from Greek: Kyrtos meaning curved and anthos meaning flower. mackenii  after Mark J. McKen, the first curator of the Durban Botanic Garden.

This is an evergreen species.