Photo by Nick Helme, Inaturalist.org.
Drawing from the original description.
Habitat photo by Nick Helme,
The flower by Andrew Harvie,
Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin,
Namaqualand; South Africa
Sand - Mix
White - Pale Pink
Could have been: Serena
lanceifolia, Raf. 1838.
Or: Melicho lanceifolia, Salisb. 1866.
This member of the
was given this name by Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin in 1979. It is found in
Namaqualand in South Africa, growing in a well drained sandy or mixed
gravel-soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulb can grow to
3,5 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to three centimetres in height - although the leaves might get to nine
centimetres in length. The flowers are white to pale pink.
Other botanists have
suggested other classification, but it seems like von Jacquin's remain the
The name Haemanthus
is derived from the Greek haima meaning 'blood' and anthos
meaning 'flower' - a reference to the red flowers of most species.
The species name from Latin; lancea 'lance, spear' and folium;
'leaf' after the lance-shaped leaves.
This is a winter-grower.