Hirsute Haemanthus coccineus leaves

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Sun, 18 Nov 2007 05:03:35 PST
Jacob, Dylan, and all,

Haemanthus coccineus seems to be a rather variable species.  I've never 
seen the coccineus form the Eastern Cape, but I have four different types, 
from Bainskloof, Gifberg, Richterveld, and near Bredasdorp in the Western 
Cape and Northern Cape provinces.  Leaf shapes differ from almost round to 
longer and narrower.

I say the mottled/speckled leaf form of coccineus in the Little Karoo 
Botanical Garden at Wochester.  Unfortunately, I could not talk Ian out of 
an offset!

The plants I saw on a farm between Vanrhynsdorp and Nieuwoudtville, high in 
the Western Escarpment, and huge leaves, almost round -- not like the 
Gifberg plants, although the Gifberg is  visible to the west from there.

Jim Shields

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