The genus Brunsvigia in the Amaryllis Family (Amaryllidaceae) is endemic to Southern Africa. They are herbaceous perennials growing from a true bulb. The flowers are borne in an umbel, a cluster at the top of the peduncle or stalk.
The genus is closely related to genera such as Amaryllis, Ammocharis, Boophone, Crinum, and Nerine. Intergeneric hybrids have been made, such as x-Brunserine from Brunsvigia x Nerine, and x-Amarygia from Amaryllis x Brunsvigia. Similar bigeneric crosses have yielded x-Amarcrinum and x-Amarine.
Distribution: Namaqualand and Northern Cape Province
Distribution: Central Great Karoo, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, north to Botswana
Distribution: Bokkeveld Mountains to Cape Infanta and Oudtshoorn
Kew says a synonym of nervosa; Manning, Goldblatt, and Snijman recognize striata in "The Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs."
Other Sources of Information
Bjørnstad, I.N & Friis, I. (Friis, I. & Nordal, I.)1972-1976. Studies on the
genus Haemanthus L. (Amaryllidaceae) I--IV. Norw. J. Bot. 19: 187--206; 19:
207--222; 21: 243--275; 23: 63--77. The last reference providing keys to the
species, list of synonyms, and necessary combinations. Bulbous Plants of Southern Africa, Neil du Plessis and Graham Duncan, Tafelberg Pub. Ltd., Cape Town (1989). Bulbs for Warm Climates, Thad M. Howard, University of Texas Press, Austin (2001). Bulbs, Revised Edition, John E. Bryan, Timber Press, Portland (2002). Cape Bulbs, Richard L. Doutt, Timber Press, Portland, Portland (1994). RHS Manual of Bulbs, John Bryan and Mark Griffiths, Eds., Timber Press, Portland (1995). The Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs, John Manning, Peter Goldblatt, and Dee Snijman, Timber Press, Portland (2002).