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Photo by F. Heydel,

Author: John Gilbert Baker, 1874
Origin:  Western Sahara
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  3 Centimetres
Height:  5 Centimetres
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Androcymbium leucanthum, Carl Ludwig von Willdenow, 1808.
Erythrostictus punctatus
, Schltdl.
Melanthium punctatum Cav.
KEW have: Colchicum capenseJ.C: Manning & A. Vinnersten, 2007 - but the photos I have, don't match! Nor the origin.

This member of the
Colchicaceae family was given this name by John Gilbert Baker in 1874. It's found in western Sahara, growing it a well-drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulbs will grow to three centimetres and the whole plant to five centimetres. The flowers are white, and the plant can be reproduced both by seeds and bulbs.

The genera name from Greek. andro;  'male / stamen' and kymbium; 'cup' / saucer'. The petal limbs enfold the stamens. The species name means 'spots'.