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Family: AMARYLLIDACEAE 

 Strumaria truncata
 
  
Author:  Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin 1786
Family:  Amaryllidaceae
Habitat:  South Africa
Soil:  Sand - Clay
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  3,5 Centimetres
Height:  15 Centimetres
Flower:  White - Pink
Reproduction:  Seeds/Bulbs
Pop names:  Namaqualand Snowdrop
Synonyms:  Might now be: Hymenetron truncata, Salisb 1866.

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.

   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, 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 15 centimetres in height. The flowers are white or pale pink.

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