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The rather scaly bulb. 

Author: Franz Speta, 1998
Family:  HYACINTHACEAE*
Origin:  Southern South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  5 Centimetres
Height:  35 Centimetres
Flower:  White / Blue
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Scilla kraussii, Baker, 1872.
Merwilla plumbea subsp. kraussii, J.C.Manning.

This member of the Hyacinthaceae family was given this name by Franz Speta in 1998, based on DNA tests. It is found in southern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulb will grow to five centimetres in diameter, the leaves up to 35 centimetres long. The flowers are white and blue. 

This genus is named after the botanist Frederick Ziervogel Van der Merwe, 18941968, who worked on this group. The species is named after Dr. Ferdinand F. von Krauss, 1812-1890, a German scientist, traveller and collector in South Africa.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Hyacinthaceae is now part of the Asparagaceae.


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