1189.000 Crinum L. - Vlei-lilies

Bjorå, C.S., Kwembeya, E.G., & Nordal, I. (2006) Crinum jasonii (Amaryllidaceae): a new endemic pan species of the Luangwa Valley in Zambia with notes on different seed structures in the genus Kew Bulletin 61 569-577

Kwembeya, E.G., Bjorå, C.S., Stedje, B. & Nordal, I. (2007) Phylogenetic relationships in the genus Crinum (Amaryllidaceae) with emphasis on tropical African species: evidence from trnL-F and nuclear ITS DNA sequence data Taxon 56(3) 801-810

Zimudzi, C., Archer, R.H., Kwembeya, E.G. & Nordal, I. (2006) Synopsis of the Amaryllidaceae from the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 18(2) 151-168

Description of the genus

Bulbous herbs. Scape flattened, solid. Leaves many, present at flowering time; apex truncate; margin hyaline, ciliate. Inflorescence a 1-25-flowered umbel. Flowers zygomorphic, often because of the deflexed style only, pale to deep pink or white. Tepals connate into a tube. Fruit indehiscent. Seeds with a thin corky covering.

Derivation of name: Greek: lily

Worldwide: 100 species, pantropical.

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Brithys crini (Lily leaf borer, Crinum borer) Larval foodplant
Diaphone eumela (Cherry spot) Larval foodplant
No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

macowanii BakerDescription, Image
moorei Hook. f.

Other sources of information about Crinum:

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Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Crinum
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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Crinum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Crinum
Wikipedia: Crinum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Crinum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Crinum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Crinum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=366, retrieved 27 November 2022

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