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Drawing by Leigh Voigt.


Bulb by Nick Wightman, Zambiaflora.com.


Wild ones by C. Wenham, Zambiaflora.com.

Author: Constantine S.Rafinesque, 1836
Family:  AMARYLLIDACEAE
Origin:  Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Za´re, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  5 Centimetres
Height:  70 Centimetres
Flower:  Pink
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Blood Flower, Catherine Wheel, Poison Root, Fireball Lily, Torch Lily, Bloedblom, Gifwortel
Synonyms:  Haemanthus multiflorus, Martyn, 1795.
Haemanthus katharinae
Baker.
Amaryllis multiflora, Tratt.
Nerissa multiflorus,
Salisb.
Scadoxus multiflorus
subsp. katharinae, Friis & Nordal.
Scadoxus multiflorus subsp. longitubus, Friis & Nordal.

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was
given this name by Constantine Samuel Rafinesque in 1836. It is found in most of Africa, growing in a well drained sol with some water and some sun. The bulb will grow to five centimetres in diameter, the leaves up to 70 centimetres in length. The flowers are pink.

The genera name from doxus meaning 'glory' or 'splendour', and -puniceus meaning 'crimson', 'scarlet' or 'purple'. The species name for the many flowers.

 
Barbara Jeppe's drawing.


Barbara Jeppe's drawing of S. m. katharinae.