Joseph von Jacquin, 1804
Cape; Southern South Africa
||Mix - Grit
||5 (30) Centimetres
Crimson - Yellow
Paintbrush, April Fool, Shaving Brush, Common Paintbrush,
be: Melicho sanguineus, Richard Anthony
Haemanthus rotundifolius Ker Gawler,
Haemanthus incarnatus, Burch. ex Herb. 1837.
Haemanthus lambertianus, Schult. & Schult.f.
Haemanthus obliquus, Donn.
Haemanthus orbicularis, Donn.
This member of the
Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by Nicolaus
Joseph von Jacquin in 1804. It is found
in Western Cape in southern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and lots of sun. The bulb can grow to 7,5
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to five centimetres in
height, although the leaves can reach 30 centimetres each. The
flowers are from red over crimson to yellow.
Haemanthus means blood flower; Greek haima for 'blood'
meaning 'flower' - a reference to the red flowers of most species.
The species name is quite the
same: Latin sanguis means 'blood', -ineus indicates it is the
colour, referring to blood-red colour of flower.