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Haemanthus pubescen

Haemanthus pubescens (*)

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Ordo: Asparagales

Familia: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamilia: Amaryllidoideae
Tribus: Haemantheae
Genus: Haemanthus
Species: Haemanthus pubescens
Subspecies: H. p. subsp. arenicolus – H. p. subsp. leipoldtii – H. p. subsp. pubescens

Haemanthus pubescens L.f. 1782

Haemanthus virescens Herb., nom. superfl.
Haemanthus virescens var. pubescens (L.f.) Herb., nom. superfl.
Leucodesmis pubescens (L.f.) Raf.


Haemanthus pubescens (Herb.) Ker Gawl., Bot. Reg. 5: t. 382 (1819), nom. illeg. (=H. albiflos).
Haemanthus pubescens Blanco, Fl. Filip.: 253 (1837), nom. illeg. (=Crinum asiaticum var. asiaticum).

Native distribution areas:
Haemanthus pubescens

Continental: Africa
Regional: Southern Africa
Cape Provinces; Namibia

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

Linnaeus, C. (filius) , 1782: Supplementum Plantarum Systematis Vegetabilium Editionis Decimae Tertiae, Generum Plantarum Editiones Sextae, et Specierum Plantarum Editionis Secundae. Editum a Carolo a Linné. Brunsvigae [Braunschweig], 193.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2018. Haemanthus pubescens in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 31. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2018. Haemanthus pubescens. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2018. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 31. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2018. Haemanthus pubescens. Published online. Accessed: Jul. 31 2018.
The Plant List 2013. Haemanthus pubescens in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 31. 2018. Haemanthus pubescens. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 31.

Vernacular names

Haemanthus pubescens ('pubescens': Latin 'having a soft downy covering') is an endemic South African bulbous geophyte in the genus Haemanthus.

The plant was first described by Linnaeus the Younger in 1782, 29 years after his father's description of H. coccineus. Both species are common along the West Coast and it is puzzling[to whom?] that H. pubescens was not collected and described much earlier. The genus Haemanthus was created in 1753 by Linnaeus. In 1838, Constantine Samuel Rafinesque placed H. pubescens in a new genus Leucodesmis, H. coccineus in Perihema, and H. carneus in Serena. The English botanist Richard Anthony Salisbury (1761-1829) in his 1866 posthumous publication 'Genera of Plants', placed H. amarylloides under Melicho and H. albiflos under Diacles.

H. pubescens occurs at elevations up to 300 m from Cape Town northwards along the coast to southern Namibia. Formerly it was known only from the south western Cape, but collections from north of the Olifants River into Namibia, led to a revision of its geographic limits. The 4-7 large, fleshy spathe valves are diagnostic of the species. The two leaves are broad, flat on the ground and usually pubescent. Bulbs are deep, with fleshy distichous tunics.

"The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved 18 February 2015.

The Genus Haemanthus: A Revision - Deidré Snijman (National Botanic Gardens of South Africa 1984) ISBN 0-620-07339-X

External links
Dressler, S.; Schmidt, M. & Zizka, G. (2014). "Haemanthus pubescens". African plants – a Photo Guide. Frankfurt/Main: Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg.

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