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Author:  Nicolaas Joseph von Jacquin, 1797
Origin:  Cape Provinces; Southern South Africa
Soil:  Mix - Sand
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  3 Centimetres
Height:  20 Centimetres
Flower:  Pink
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Sand Viooltjie
Synonyms:  Should be: Lachenalia punctata, Nicolaas Joseph von Jacquin, 1789, as it was published first.
Lachenalia tigrina, Jacq.
Aletris linguiformis, Burm.f.

This member of the Hyacinthaceae family was described by Nicolaas Joseph von Jacquin in 1797. It is found in southern South Africa, growing in sand or other well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulb will grow to three centimetres in diameter, the leaves to 20 centimetres long. The flowers are pink.

It turns out Nicolaas Joseph von Jacquin have described and named this plant twice. As it have been a bit hard to find the year of publishing, it have lived with the latest name - which is incorrect.

The genera name is in honour of the Swiss botanist Prof. Werner de Lachenal (Warnerus de la Chenal )1739-1800. The species name means 'red'.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Hyacinthaceae is now part of the Asparagaceae.