Fwd: Haemanthus

christopherwhitehouse@rhs.org.uk christopherwhitehouse@rhs.org.uk
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 05:22:02 PST
While I agree with Jim's summary of evergreen Haemanthus, the variation in albiflos is remarkable. I have two plants which both key out as albiflos. One from the Amatola forest area, which is just like the typical one that gets passed around in car boot sales.  It produces plenty of offsets and the bulbs crowd out the pot above ground. The other plant however is from the bushveld area north of Port Elizabeth. It has not produced a single offset for me yet in over years and the bulbs remain below ground level. Unfortunately, as the flowers are no better than the typical albiflos it does not have a lot going for it apart from being unusual.  I took a photo of my two plants side by side at the weekend - they are more or less the same age but the bushveld one I have to cosset, while the forest form gets placed on any old windowsill and forgotten about.



Right -- white flowers?  2 to 4 erect leaves?  Not

hairy?  Evergreen?  albiflos.

Pauculifolius has 1 or 2 leaves, very definitely hairy.

There are only three evergreen species:  albiflos, deformis, and

pauculifolius.  All three have white flowers.

Jim Shields

At 09:26 AM 11/1/2012 -0700, you wrote:

>Too many leaves (and each too large) for paucifolius. My albiflos are only

>a little hairy on their margin as Roland's are. It's not impossible for it

>to be something else, but I find that with robust, evergreen Haemanthus

>mystery plants, in most cases it's albiflos.




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