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According to Snijman (1984), this species occurs in a very limited range from Klawer to Vanrhynsdorp. This is on the banks of the Wiedourivier and the lower slopes of the Gifberg, below about 800 ft. elevation. The area gets less than 6 inches of rain per year. My understanding is that it is quite rare, although less scarce in nature than canaliculatus, nortieri, and the other ultra-rare species.
Haemanthus lanceifolius, Leaves
There are two (or rarely, three) oblong to elliptical leaves which lay flat on the ground. The upper (adaxial) surface is dark green with a rough feel. The lower (abaxial) surface is light green in color. The margins of the leaves have a cartilaginous structure, smooth or fringed; they have a maroon or a hyaline color. The leaves are fairly easy to recognize as belonging to this species, once you have seen them.
Haemanthus lanceifolius Leaf Margin
Bulb of Haemanthus lanceifolius
The bulbs are small, about 2 inches in diameter, round to oval in cross section. The tunics have oblique margins.
D. Snijman (1984) "A Revision of The Genus Haemanthus L. (Amaryllidaceae)" Journal of South African Botany, Suppl. vol. 12. Trustees of the National Botanic Gardens of South Africa, publishers.
Last updated 13 February 2013
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