Amaryllidaceae J.St.-Hil. 1805 nom. cons.

pronounced am-uh-rill-ih-DAY-see-eye

the amaryllis family

Amaryllis umbellate inflorescencewas named after a shepherdess in Greek mythology. Plants in this family are usually perennial herbs growing from a bulb with contractile roots, and some members are deciduous. The leaves are alternate and more-or-less basal, simple, usually linear or lorate, flat, entire, parallel-veined, sheathing at the base. The leaf bases may form a pseudostem. The bisexual flowers are very often showy, in umbellate inflorescences, and usually have 3 petals and 3 sepals. The fruits tend to be dry and capsule-shaped.


Agapanthus sp. - African Lily

Allium sp. - Shallot

Allium tuberosum - Garlic Chives

Amaryllis candida (syn.) - Rain Lily

Crinum X - Crinum hybrid

Crinum asiaticum var. pedunculatum (syn.) - Swamp Lily

Crinum pedunculatum - Swamp Lily

Eucharis X grandiflora - Eucharist Lily

Haemanthus multiflorus (syn.) - Ball of Fire

Hymenocallis littoralis - Spider Lily

Proiphys amboinensis - Cardwell Lily

Scadoxus multiflorus ssp. Katharinae - Ball of Fire

Tulbaghia violacea - Social Garlic

Zephyranthes candida - Rain Lily


Photograph © Donald Simpson 2008

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