Amaryllis paradisicola

Wikipedia Amaryllis paradisicola

Fri Oct 13 10:13:10 EDT 2006
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Hi Lee,

A. paradisicola was described in Bothalia 28.2: 192-196 (1998)

There are some fine morphological differences between paradisicola and belladonna but the most visible ones are that paradisicola has leaves that are broad and tongue like (6 to 9 leaves hysteranthous and distichous) — rosulate when mature and quite wide and channeled, with short patent hairs on both sides of the leaves. The inner stamens are also longer than in belladonna and the outer stamens are longer than the inner by 15mm.The stigma is also more distinctively trifid than belladonna. The flowers have a Narcissus like scent.

Has 10 to 21 flowers that are a uniformly purplish pink that darken with age and they are arranged in a ringet.

In distinction to the moister Cape areas where Amaryllis belladonna is found — paradisicola is adapted to a relatively cool montane arid habitat. It grows in quartzite cliffs, and narrow rock ledges with partly vegetated screes that provide some shade.

They bloom in mid autumn (April) if after a long dry there has been rainfall in March (beginning of autumn).

The cultivated collection was held at Kirstenbosch Bot. Garden nursery. An excellent image of paradisicola taken at Kirstenbosch can be found in the Plant Delights web site.

Jim Lykos
Sydney Australia

On Oct 12, 2006, at 5:52 PM, Jim Lykos wrote:


There is a Amaryllis belladonna — (pure species) pale pink coloured that multiplies rapidly and rarely flowers without fire. I learnt from a Spring back burning operation of bushland gully adjoining my property a couple of years ago that the smoke does induce it to flower quite heavily — but since then only 5 to 10% of mature bulbs will flower under ordinary garden culture.

A new species Amaryllis paradisicola was described by Snijman in 1998 (found in the Richtersveld in Namaqualand) is regarded as only flowering after bush fires. It was collected in 1972 — and didn't flower in cultivation until 1995! A long wait until they worked out how to induce flowering.

Jim Lykos
Sydney Australia