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Photo by Loraine van den Berg.

The flowers by Nicky van Berkel.

A fresh specimen from

Author: Henri Georges Fourcade, 1932
Origin:  South Africa, Namibia, Madagascar, Mozambique Channel Islands
Soil:  Grit
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  4 Centimetres
Height:  6 (20) Centimetres
Flower:  Greenish White - Light Brown
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Brown Bells, Curly-Curly, Slangui
Synonyms:  Hyacinthus brevifolius, Carl Peter Thunberg, 1794.
Scilla brevifolia
Ker Gawl. 1812.
Periboea brevifolia
, Kunth, 1843.
Baeoterpe brevifolia
, Salisb.1866.
Dipcadi hyacinthoides
, Baker.
Dipcadi spirale,
Lachenalia graminifolia
Sol. ex Baker.
Ornithogalum hyacinthoides,
J.C.Manning & Goldblatt.
Polemannia hyacinthoides,
P.J.Bergius ex Schltdl.
Uropetalon hyacinthoides,

This member of the Hyacinthaceae family was given this name by Henri Georges Fourcade in 1932. It is found in South Africa, Namibia, Madagascar and the Mozambique Channel Islands, growing in grit or other well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulb can grow to four centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to six centimetres in height. The flowers are from greenish white to brown.

The genera name from the Turkish name for the musk hyacinth. The species name brevifolium is Latin for 'short' or 'small leaves'.

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