Dark pink flowers by Hendrik van Zijl.
A paler flower by Alex Lansdown,
The leaves by Dylan Hannon,
Drawing by Barbara Jeppe.
Deidré Anne Snijman, 1981
South-Western South Africa
Medium - Maximum
Pale Pink - Deep Pink
Wrongly thought to be part
of: Haemanthus pumilio Jacq.
This member of the
was given this name by Deidré Anne Snijman
in 1981. It is found in
south-western South Africa, growing in a clayish soil with some water and
some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to four centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to 20 centimetres in height. The flowers are pale to deep pink. The leaves have purple-maroon
markings on the underside, given light enough.
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 specific name commemorates Winsome Fanny Barker, 1907-1994,
erstwhile Curator of the Compton Herbarium at Kirstenbosch National
Botanical Garden in Cape Town, and noted for her work on Amaryllidaceae,
Liliaceae and Haemodoraceae.
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