The strange, striking deep
reddish-maroon aerial sheath (known as a cataphyll in
botanical terms) which supports the base of the leaves. Only
found on this genera.
This member of the
Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by Nicolaus Joseph
von Jacquin in 1786. It is found
in the western parts of the Northern Cape, growing in sand or well drained
clayish soil with
some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to
three and a half
centimetres in diameter, the leaves to 15 centimetres in
flowers are white or pale pink.
This is a winter grower. In
summer, when is is dormant, the bulbs should be keep completely dry.