|Galtonia candicans at Colesbourne Park|
|Galtonia candicans and Agapanthus at the Savill Garden|
|The rather tubular, clustered flowers of Galtonia viridiflora|
The genus commemorates the polymath Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911), a noted traveller in his youth (and author of The Art of Travel, a wonderful insight into Victorian travel), but he does not seem to have visited anywhere that Galtonia would grow naturally. He quickly accepted his cousin Charles Darwin's views on evolution, and investigated heritability and variation in human character (especially intelligence) and morphology (pioneering the use of fingerprinting in criminology, for example), advocating eugenic marriages for the production of brighter children.
|Francis Galton in the 1850s (Wikicommons)|