|Author: ||Deidré Anne Snijman, 1992|
S Namibia, NW South Africa|
White - Pale Pink|
This member of the Amaryllidaceae family
was given this name by Deidré Anne Snijman in 1992. It is found in southern
Namibia, down into north-western South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and lots sun. The caudex can grow from three to six centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to ten centimetres in height. The coconut scented flowers are white to pink.
The name Hessea
commemorates Christian Heinrich Friedrich Hesse, 1772–1837, a Lutheran
minister who came to Cape Town from Hanover and grew succulents in his
garden. The name speciosa from Latin; ‘beautiful’.
This is a
winter-grower, starting with the flowers.
Drawing by Deidré Anne Snijman.
A single, pale pink flower by Francois Kriel, Ispotnature.org.
The entire inflorescence by Francois