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Family: AMARYLLIDACEAE 

 Boophane disticha
 
  
Author:  William Herbert 1821
Family:  Amaryllidaceae
Habitat:  Southern Africa
Soil:  Mix or Grit
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  30 centimetres
Height:  50 centimetres
Flower:  Pink to Red
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  Bushman poison bulb, Candelabra flower, Cape poison bulb, Century plant, Fan leaved boophane, Kaffir onion, Poison bulb, Red posy, Sore eye flower, Veld fan, Windball, Fireball, Oxkiller fan, Tumbleweed
Synonyms:  Amaryllis districha, Linné 1782. BUphane disticha

Habitat in Namibia.

Fruit from Windhoek Botanical Garden.

Habitat in Namibia.

   This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by William Herbert in 1821. It is found in Southern Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water. The bulb can grow to 30 centimetres, the leaves will reach 50 centimetres. The flowers are pink to red, and seeds are the only way of reproducing this plant.

Very POISONOUS: Contains buphandrin, buphanine and crinamidine and eugenol. The bulbs have been used as arrow poison by the Hottentots.

Wild plants from Namibia.