African Plant Database

Hippeastrum puniceum (Lam.) Voss
Protologue : Voss, Vilm. Blumengaertn., ed. 3 1: 1033 (1895)
Information on the genus : Hippeastrum
Basionym : Amaryllis punicea Lam.
Status for TA : accepted (cultivated)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Amaryllis punicea Lam. (1783)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Hippeastrum equestre (Aiton) Herb.
=Amaryllis equestris Aiton (1789)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Bulb globose covered by brown papery tunics; leaves 6-8, c. 45x3 cm; scape to 60 cm tall, hollow, 2-4-flowered; pedicels 4-5 cm long; perianth funnel-shaped, zygomorphic, red, c. 10 cm long, tube 2-2,5 cm long.
Ecology : According to Burkill (l.c.) commonly grown in cemeteries in W Africa, “and its persistence in the bush may mark the site of abandoned villages”.
  Widely cultivated as an ornamental, “probably the first introduced American ornamental to Africa”. Sold under the name Amaryllis (cf. Fl. Zambes., l.c.). In Congo-Kinshasa has been confused with Amaryllis belladonna L.
  Native in South Tropical America

Bibliography other :
  • Voss, A. (1895). Vilmorin's Blumengaertnerei Beschreibung, Kultur und Verwendung des Gesamten Pflanzenmaterials fur Deutsche Garten. Dritte, neubearbeite Auflage ... Berlin 1: 1033
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Record n°16404 modified 2012-08-15
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