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The flowers by M. Khulmann,

Drawing by Barbara Jeppe.

Author: Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin, 1786
Origin:  Northern Cape; South Africa
Soil:  Sand - Clay
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  3,5 Centimetres
Height:  15 Centimetres
Flower:  White - Pink
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Namaqualand Snowdrop
Synonyms:  Might be: Hymenetron truncata, Salisb, 1866.
Amaryllis vaginata, D.Dietr.
Brunsvigia vaginata,
Schult. & Schult.f.
Haemanthus vaginatus,
Hessea vaginata,
Hymenetron linguiflora,
Pugionella angustifolia,
Strumaria angustifolia,
Strumaria baueriana,
Strumaria linguifolia,
Strumaria rubella,
Stylago rubella,

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin in 1786. It is found in the western parts of the Northern Cape in South Africa, growing in sand or well drained clayish soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to three and a half centimetres in diameter, the leaves to fifteen centimetres in height. The flowers are white or pale pink.

The genera name from Latin, struma; 'a cushion-shaped swelling', and - aria which relates to 'possessing', a name that refers to the swollen base of the style. The species name means 'cut off'.

This is a winter-grower. In summer, when is is dormant, the bulbs should be keep completely dry.

The strange, striking deep reddish-maroon aerial sheath (known as a cataphyll in botanical terms) which supports the base of the leaves. Only found on this genera.