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Dierama. "The Harebells of Africa"

I have been raising these from seed for some time now. Information here comes largely from the book "Dierama, The Harebells of Africa" by O M Hilliard and B L Burtt; ISBN 1-874802-01-7, Acorn Books, 1991.

Dierama dracomontanum
Dierama dracomontanum
May dominate mountain slopes between about 1500 and 2800 m above sea-level in the Drakensberg mountains of Orange Free State to the Eastern Cape.

'dracomontanum' refers to the Drakensberg mountains.

Dierama erectum
Dierama erectum
Only known from Ngome in Northern Natal.

Note the particularly well-marked "eyes" at the base of each tepal.

'erectum' refers to the erect inflorescence.

Dierama galpinii
Dierama galpinii
Grows in grassland 600 to 1600 m above sea-level in Eastern Transvaal, Swaziland and Northern Natal.

'galpinii' after E E Galpin.

Dierama igneum
Dierama igneum
Widely distributed from the coast of natal to Transkei and the Eastern Cape. Grows from sea-level to about 1500m altitude in grassland.

'igneum' means "fiery red" - a little OTT.

Dierama latifolium
Dierama latifolium
Widely distributed from Central Natal to Central Transkei in open grassland from about 600 to 2100m above sea-level.

'latifolium' means "broad leaved".

Dierama mossii
Dierama mossii
A damp ground species. South-eastern Transvaal and Natal.

'mossii' after C E Moss.

Dierama pauciflorum
Dierama pauciflorum
Grows in marshes and standing water in eastern Zimbabwe and Eastern Transvaal.

'pauciflorum' means few-flowered

Dierama trichorhizum
Dierama trichorhizum
Mountains of Eastern Transvaal to Natal, favouring moist to marshy places.

'trichorhizum' means "hairy root", probably in reference to the fibres around the corms.

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J R Crellin 2006