John Bellenden Ker Gawler,
Southern-Eastern South Africa
Could have been: Serena carnea, Constantine Samuel Rafinesque, 1838.
Or: Melicho carneus, Richard Anthony Salisbury, 1866.
Haemanthus roseus, Link.
This member of the
was given this name by John Bellenden Ker Gawler in 1821. It is found in
south-western South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and
some sun. The bulb can grow to four centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to five centimetres in height - as the fifteen centimetre leaves lay flat on the
ground. The flowers are pink.
Other botanists have
suggested other classification, but it seems like Ker Gawler'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; carne; 'meat' for the colour of the
originates from a summer-rain area, it is reported to prefer to grow at
wintertime in culture.