Carl Peter Thunberg, 1781
South-Western South Africa
Papiria spiralis, Carl
Peter Thunberg, 1776.
Abapus spiralis, Raf.
Gethyllis rosea, Eckl.
Gethyllis unilateralis, L.Bolus.
This member of the Amaryllidaceae family
was given this name by Carl Peter Thunberg in 1781. It is found in south-western
South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulb can grow to
three centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to twelve centimetres in height. The flowers are white.
The genera name from Greek gethyon,
'bulb'. The species name from Latin; 'coiled, wound round' for the
This is a
winter-grower but summer-blossomed.