This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by
Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1869. It is found
in eastern South Africa, growing in a rich soil with
quite some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to two
and a half
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 30 centimetres in
flowers are from white over cream and yellow to red.
Cyrtanthus mackenii var.
var. cooperi: Yellow or cream-coloured flowers.
Cyrtanthus if from
Greek: Kyrtos meaning curved and anthos meaning
flower. mackenii after Mark J. McKen, the first curator
of the Durban Botanic Garden.
This is an evergreen species.