Atragene capensis L.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Atragene


Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 543 in 1753.

Basionym of Anemone capensis (L.) Lam. - accepted name Linn. Typ.

Synonym of Anemone tenuifoliua (L.f.) DC. - accepted name PlantList & Tropicos

Also published in Bot. Repos. 1: 9 in 1798: This plant has been considered by Burmann, Hermann, and other Cape botanists, as an Anemone, to which genus it certainly may as easily be referred as Atragene: but as it has been clearly described by Linnaeus, under that genus, we have not hardiness enough to dispute his authority. It is (as the trivial name implies) a native of the Cape of Good Hope, but at some considerable distance within land; whence it requires a dry stove to preserve it, suffering much from damps. It is only since the year 1795, that this plant has been found in our greenhouses; being then introduced by Messrs. Lee and Kennedy, nurserymen...

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