This member of the
Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by Ib Friis & Inger Nordal in 1976.
It is found in Southern Africa, growing in well-drained soil with
little or no sun. The onion will grow to ten centimetres, the whole
plant to 60 centimetres. The flowers are scarlet, and it can be
reproduced both by seeds and onions.
The name Scadoxus
comes from "doxus" meaning glory or splendour, and puniceus
means crimson, scarlet or purple.