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Photo by Prix Burgoyne naturalist.org.


Photo of wild plants by Cameron McMaster.


Given sun enough, the leaves are spiral. Photo by Nhu Nguyen.


Another wild flower by Cameron McMaster.

Author:  William Henry Harvey, 1838
Family:  AMARYLLIDACEAE
Origin:  Southern South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  4 Centimetres
Height:  30 Centimetres
Flower:  White  - Cream-Coloured - Pink / Brown
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Corkscrew Cyrtanthus
Synonyms:  Cyrtanthus smithianus, Herbert, 1840

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by William Henry Harvey in 1838. It is found in southern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulb can grow to four centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 30 centimetres in height. The flowers are from white over cream-coloured to pink with darker stripes.

The genera name from Greek; Kyrtos; 'curved' and Greek; anthos; 'flower' for the curved flower tube. The species name after Christo Albertyn Smith, 18981956, a South African botanist.


The fruits and leaves by Cameron McMaster.