||White / Blue
kraussii, Baker, 1872.
Merwilla plumbea subsp. kraussii, J.C.Manning.
This member of the
Hyacinthaceae family was given this name by Franz Speta in
1998, based on DNA tests. It is found in southern South Africa, growing in a
well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulb will
grow to five centimetres in diameter, the leaves up to 35
centimetres long. The flowers are white and blue.
This genus is named after the
botanist Frederick Ziervogel Van der Merwe, 1894–1968, who worked on
this group. The species is named after Dr. Ferdinand F. von Krauss,
1812-1890, a German scientist, traveller and collector in South
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Hyacinthaceae
now part of