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The leaves of S. salteri by Rimmer de Vries,

A few flowers of S. salteri from

Leaves of S. salteri from below by Cok Grootscholten.

A drawing of S. undulata, showing the erect leaves.

Drawing from Winsome Fanny Barker attempt on S. salteri.


Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin, 1786




MW South Africa


Gravel - Mix




Medium - Maximum


4 Centimetres


5 Centimetres


Light Pink / Dark Pink






Strumaria gemmata, Ker Gawl. 1814.
Nesynstylis undulata,
Constantine Samuel Rafinesque, 1838.
Strumaria watermeyeri, Harriet Margaret Louisa Bolus, 1921.
Strumaria picta,
W.F. Barker, 1943.
Strumaria pubescens,
W.F. Barker, 1943.
Strumaria salteri
, Winsome Fanny Barker, 1944.
Bokkeveldia watermeyeri,
D. Müll.-Doblies & U. Müll.-Doblies, 1985.
Bokkeveldia salteri, D. Müll.-Doblies & U. Müll.-Doblies, 1985.

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin in 1786. It is found in mid-western South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulb can grow to four centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 23 centimetres in height. The flowers are light pink to pink with darker pink lines on the outside..

It seems like Rafinesque and Müll.-Doblie's new genera names didn't catch. There are several popular synonyms, but von Jacquin's is the first, although he forgot to include a generic description!
"The identity of this taxon is uncertain"; Snijman 1994

The genera name from Latin, struma; 'a cushion-shaped swelling', and - aria which relates to 'possessing', a name that refers to the swollen base of the style. The species name undulat means 'wavy, with wavy margin', but I fail to figure of what!
The species name salteri is after Captain Terence Macleane Salter, 1883-1969, a British/South African plant collector and botanist.

.The flowers of S. salteri by Colin Paterson-Jones,

Drawing by Barbara Jeppe of S. salteri.

And her drawing of S. undulata.