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Wild plants by Colin Paterson-Jones, Redlist.sanbi.org.


Wild flowers by Colin Paterson-Jones, Redlist.sanbi.org.


The flower by Jean-François Siraudeau, Cactuspro.com.


The leaf edges by Rimmer de Vries, Pacificbulbsociety.org

Author: 

Deidré Anne Snijman, 1994

Family: 

AMARYLLIDACEAE

Origin: 

MW South Africa

Soil: 

Mix - Rich

Water: 

Medium

Sun: 

Medium - Maximum

Thickness: 

3 Centimetres

Height: 

15 Centimetres

Flower: 

White / Green-Pink

Propagate: 

Seeds/Bulbs

Names: 

-

Synonyms: 

Hessea leipoldtii, Harriet Margaret Louisa Bolus, 1930.
Periphanes leipoldtii, F.M. Leight. 1948.
Gemmaria leipoldtii, D. Müll.-Doblies & U. Müll.-Doblies, 1985.

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by Deidré Anne Snijman in 1994. It is found in the mid-western South Africa, growing in a well drained but rather rich soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The bulb can grow to three centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to fifteen centimetres in height. The flowers are white with green or pink stripes.

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 is named after Christian Frederik Louis Leipoldt, 1880-1947, a South African author and plant collector, corresponding with Harry Bolus, farther in law of the Harriet Margaret Louisa Bolus.

This is a winter-grower, flowering in late autumn.


Drawing by Leigh Voigt.