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Hessea stellaris
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Distribution: Africa: South Africa: Northern Cape: Western Cape:


Hessea stellaris is a small bulb frm the family Amaryllidaceae that is endemic to South Africa only. The plants occurs in arid landscape from about Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape Province to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo.

They are dormant during the summer months and start to produce their two thin dark green leaves in autumn. The bulbs flower during the middle of autumn in different shades of pink and the fleshy round seeds mature rapidly after flowering.

Propagation is from seed which germinates well, but growth is very slow.


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Habitat in red clay Volmoed south of Oudtshoorn. Volmoed. Hessea stellaris flowering in the Tanqua Karoo. Bulbs flowering in May south of Oudtshoorn.
Hessea stellaris
Darker pink flowers from the Tanqua Karoo.



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