Hippeastrum striatum

The Tropical Flowering Zone

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(Note: this post has been revised to clarify ID of plant) Hippeastrum striatum, is a flowering perennial herbaceous bulbous plant, in the Amaryllidaceae family, native to tropical America.  It is a bulbous perennial native to tropical regions of South America although it has become naturalized elsewhere. It is said to neither be a lily nor a a species of Amaryllis, but it was left under the Amaryllidaceae family. Described by Linnaeus in 1759, as Amaryllis reginae, it was the type species for the genus. It was transferred to Hippeastrum by William Herbert. Hippeastrum: stems from Greek and means “Knight Star”. Plants have 4–6 leaves, each of which is bright green, 30-60 cm long by 2.5-3 cm wide, strap-shaped (lorate) and tapers at the end to an acute apex. The leaves are not fully developed when the flowers appear (the term hysteranthous). The tepals, are orange-red with paler bases. The…

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