Crinum zeylanicum

(Linnaeus) Linnaeus

Syst. Nat. ed. 12, 2: 236. 1767.

Basionym: Amaryllis zeylanica Linnaeus Sp. Pl. 1: 293. 1753
Synonyms: Crinum latifolium var. zeylanicum (Linnaeus) Hooker f.
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 279. Mentioned on page 278.

Bulbs 12–15 cm diam., neck short. Leaves several, 5–10 dm × 3–5 cm; blade lorate. Scape to 7.5 dm or more. Umbels 8–12-flowered. Flowers sessile; perianth white with broad purplish-red keels (most pronounced adaxially), funnelform, tube 7.5–15 cm, limb lobes oblong-elliptic, 7.5–18 × 1–2 cm. Capsules not seen at maturity, globose, beak 8–10 cm. Seeds warty.

Phenology: Flowering late spring–summer.
Habitat: Fields, wasteplaces, wet areas
Elevation: 0–200 m


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Introduced; Fla., La., tropical Asia.


Crinum zeylanicum is extensively cultivated outdoors in the lower Gulf coastal plain.

Selected References


Lower Taxa