Greek rhodo – rose-pink or red, hypoxis the genus of that name – referring to the resemblance of the genus to Hypoxis, only with pinkish-red flowers.
Perennial herbs; roots fleshy. Leaves basal, linear, hairy. Flowers radially symmetrical, stalked, individual flower stalks not articulated. Inflorescence a 1-few- flowered raceme.Tepals 3+3, severalnerved, basally fused. Stamens 3+3, attached to floral tube. Ovary inferior, ovoid-elongate. Fruit a capsule. Seeds black.
Grown in full sun on well-drained soils for the simple delicate flowers.
About 6 species from southern Africa.
Fleshy-rooted hairy-leaved herbs with pink to whitish basally fused flowers with inferior ovaries.
Mathew (1984), Singh (2000-1).
Source: (2005). Hypoxidaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.