Haemanthus is a genus in the Amaryllidaceae family that is confined to South Africa and Namibia. The 22 currently known Haemanthus 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. There are found both in winter and summer rainfall regions. The latest revision of this genus was written by Snijman, D.A., 1984. See References. Haemanthus was the subject of the PBS list Topic of the Week in December 2004. Cameron McMaster provided this Introduction.
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