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A group of wild plants by Cameron McMaster.

Author: 

William Aiton, 1789

Family:  AMARYLLIDACEAE
Origin: 

Southern South Africa

Soil: 

Grit - Mix

Water: 

Medium

Sun: 

Maximum

Thickness: 

10 Centimetres

Height: 

50 Centimetres

Flower: 

Yellow - Orange - Red - Bronze

Propagate: 

Seeds/Bulbs

Names: 

Knysna Lily, Giant Fire Lily, Giant Cyrtanthus, Oblique Leaved Cyrtanthus, Sore-Eye Flower

Synonyms: 

Crinum obliquum, Carl Linnaeus Jr, 1782.
Timmia obliqua, J.F.Gmel. 1791.
Amaryllis pendula, Salisb.
Amaryllis umbella, L'Hér.
Cyrtanthus varius, M.Roem.
Loxanthes pendula, Salisb.

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by William Aiton in 1789. It is found from KwaZulu-Natal to the Eastern Cape, South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulb can grow to ten centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 50 centimetres in height. The flowers are from yellow over orange and red to bronze.

The genera name from Greek; Kyrtos; 'curved' and Greek; anthos; 'flower' for the curved flower tube. The species name obliquus means 'slanting or sideways' and possibly refers to the way the leaves emerge from the bulb.