William Herbert, 1837
South-Western South Africa
White / Light Maroon
Gethyllis ciliaris, Carl Thunberg, 1781 ?
This member of the Amaryllidaceae family
was given this name by William Herbert in 1837. It is found in around
Clanwilliam and Malmesbury in south-western South Africa. It is growing in a
sandy soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulb can grow to
seven centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to 25 centimetres in height. The flowers are white and light maroon.
The genera name from Greek gethyon,
'bulb'. The species name from the Latin undulatus; 'undulating'
or 'wavy' for the undulated leaves.
This is a
winter-grower but summer-blossomed.