Joseph von Jacquin, 1804
||20 (-60) Centimetres
John Gilbert Baker.
Melicho humilis, Salisb.1866
This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by
Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin in 1804. It is found
in southern South Africa, Lesotho and Botswana, growing in a well
drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to
eight or even twelve centimetres in diameter, the rather flat leaves
up to 20 (or even 60) centimetres in length. The
flowers are white over rose to deep pink in colour.
Haemanthus means blood flower; Greek haima for 'blood'
meaning 'flower'. - a reference to the red flowers of most species. The
species name indicate it is a low plant.