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Author: Carl Linnaeus Jr. 1782
Origin:  SW South Africa, Namibia
Soil:  Sand - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  3 Centimetres
Height:  12-25 Centimetres
Flower:  Yellow - Pinkish
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Lady's Hand
Synonyms:  Cyanella odoratissima, John Lindley, 1827.
Cyanella lutea subsp. rosea, J.C.Manning & Goldblatt

This member of the Tecophilaeaceae family was given this name by the younger Carl Linnaeus in 1782. It is found in south-western South Africa and Namibia, and some climes in Botswana as well. It growing in sand or another well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulbs can grow to three centimetres, the plant from twelve to 25 centimetres and 40 with the inflorescence, bearing the usually yellow but sometimes slightly pink flowers.

This can be a winter grower, but will grow in summer as well.

The genera name from Latin; cyaneus; 'blue'. The species name means 'yellow'.