Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Amaryllis belladonna
Common name - March Lily, Maart Lelie
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Habitat Lower altitudes in loamy soils in seasonally moist sites
Flowering time February to April, especially after fires.
Description Plants to 90cm high. Bulb about 10cm in diameter. Leaves 5-11, dry at flowering, strap-shaped, floppy, spreading to suberect, 20-60mm wide, channeled, smooth, the midrib distinct. Flowers 2-12, turned to one side or evenly spreading, trumpet-shaped, fragrant, white to pink, usually pale lemon at base, veins often dark pink.
From Latin: Amaryllis was a fair sheperdess mentioned by Virgil and Ovid.
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