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I found this tiny plant in South Africa, and was told by Graham Williamson it was a Strumaria unguiculata, but I'm pretty sure it is S. bidentata.


The fruits by Pieter Mier, Ispotnature.org.


The flowers by Pieter Mier, Ispotnature.org.


Clean leaves from Lifestyleseeds.co.za.

Author: 

Hans Schinz, 1896

Family: 

AMARYLLIDACEAE

Origin: 

Northern Cape; South Africa, S Namibia

Soil: 

Sand

Water: 

Minimum

Sun: 

Maximum

Thickness: 

1,5 Centimetres

Height: 

3 Centimetres

Flower: 

White

Propagate: 

Seeds

Names: 

Garieb Snowflake

Synonyms: 

-

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by Hans Schinz in 1896. It is found in the north-western corner of South Africa and southern Namibia, growing in a sandy soil with little water and lots of sun. The bulb can grow to 1,5 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to three centimetres in height. The flowers are white.
The normal two leaves are sticky; viscid, and shifting sand sticks to them, protecting from the next shifting sand

The genera name from Latin, struma; 'a cushion-shaped swelling', and - aria which relates to 'possessing', a name that refers to the swollen base of the style. The species name means 'having two teeth'.

This is a winter-grower. Flowers in autumn, followed by the two leaves.


Another flower by Ivan Latti, Operationwildflower.org.za.