Gilbert Baker, 1888
South-Eastern South Africa
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mistake?: Apodolirion macowiana
This member of the Amaryllidaceae
family was given this name by John Gilbert Baker in 1888. It is found in
Eastern Cape, South Africa, growing on the sandy plains with little
to some water and lots of sun. The bulb can grow to three or four
centimetres, the curly leaves to ten centimetres, and the white
flower up to fifteen centimetres height.
‘stemless flower’ in Greek, alluding to the almost stalkless flowers
of the genus. The species name in honour of the Grahamstown botanist
and chemistry teacher, Professor Peter MacOwan, 1830–1909, who found
plants along the banks of the Coega River in Port Elizabeth in 1872
and brought them to the attention of scientists.