Photo from Casabio.org.
Photo by Alan Horstmann, Naturalista.mx.
The normal two leaves by Alan Horstmann,
The dark flowers from Casabio.org.
Drawing by Leigh Voigt.
William Herbert, 1837
Western South Africa
Pale - Deep Pink
Hessea dregeana Kunth,
Hessea bachmanniana Schinz, 1896.
Hessea brachyscypha Baker, 1896.
Hessea longituba D&U.M.-Doblies,1985.
Hessea zeyheri, Baker, 1888.
Periphanes brachyscypha, F.Leight.1948.
Periphanes dregeana, F.M.Leight. 1948.
Periphanes zeyher, F.M.Leight. 1948.
This member of the
was given this name by William Herbert in 1837. It is found in western South
Africa, growing in a sandy soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulb can grow to
five centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to 20 centimetres in height. The flowers are from pale to deep pink.
It seems like
Leighton proposal for a new genera; Periphanes didn't catch on.
The name Hessea
commemorates Christian Heinrich Friedrich Hesse, 1772–1837, a Lutheran
minister who came to Cape Town from Hanover and grew succulents in his
garden. The species name from Latin; brevis; 'short' and flora;
This is a