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This is a bit early in the winter growing season.

Author: Deidré A. Snijman, 1994
Origin:  Dornbosch, South Africa
Soil:  Sand
Water:  Minimum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  5 Centimetres
Height:  4 Centimetres
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Hessea unguiculata, Winsome Fanny Barker, 1935.
Gemmaria unguiculata, D.Müll.-Doblies & U.Müll.-Doblies.
Periphanes unguiculata,

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by Deidré A. Snijman in 1994. It is only found in Dornbosch near Clanwilliam in South Africa, growing in sand with little water and lots of sun. The bulb will grow to five centimetres, the plant to four. The flowers are white.

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 'claw-like'.

This is a winter-grower.

Drawing by Leigh Voigt.