Haemanthus is a genus in the Amaryllidaceae family confined to South Africa and Namibia. The 22 currently known species are characteristically fleshy, often hairy plants, well known for their compact, brush-like inflorescences. Their specialised fruits are berries which contain a few large, moisture-rich seeds. Species are found both in winter and summer rainfall regions. The latest revision of this genus was written by Deirdre Snijman in 1984. Haemanthus species D-L are found on this wiki page.
Haemanthus dasyphyllus is native to Langberg and Kubiskouberg, north west of Loriesfontein and is found in localized populations. The leaves are light green, lanceolate with a covering of long soft white hairs on both surfaces, the abaxial surface or the edges only. The leaf blades are erect, usually twisted and speckled with red at the base. The photos below were taken by Nhu Nguyen.
Haemanthus deformis is an evergreen plant found in shade and on moist rocky banks in the KwaZulu-Natal. It has thick, flat, leaves that persist for over a year. New leaves appear after the white flowers. Flowering time is May to October. The first photo was taken by Cameron McMaster. The next three were taken by Mary Sue Ittner December 2005 when a plant purchased from Cameron bloomed. The following two are of a Margate form from Jacob Uluwehi Knecht.
Haemanthus graniticus is a Namaqualand species found in coarse and granitic soils along seasonal watercourses in mountain renosterveld. This species has 2 to 3 erect lanceolate glabrous green leaves appearing after the inflorescence. The flowering stem is red, smooth, and unmarked and the flowers and spathe valves are various shades of red. This species flowers in the fall. Photo 1 taken by Andrew Harvie in the Kamiesberg. Photo 2 taken September 2011 by Cameron McMaster.
Haemanthus hybrid 1 Seed was received from Doug Westfall labeled Haemanthus albiflos. One seemed different and is probably a hybrid. It has two leaves that in the beginning were evergreen, but the last two years have been deciduous during the summer and appear with the bud in the fall. It has pink flowers. Photos by Mary Sue Ittner.
Haemanthus hybrid 2 is a cross between H. albiflos × H. coccineus sometimes referred to as H. × clarkei and some have flowered, showing different shades of red-pink. All the plants are evergreen, growing in the same way as the H. albiflos parent. Photos Angelo Porcelli.
Haemanthus lanceifolius grows in a low rainfall and low elevation area of Namaqualand where it is found in sandy or stony alkaline soils. Leaves are adpressed to the ground, oblong to elliptical and the flowers are small, white or pink with well-exserted stamens. Photos from Andrew Harvie.