Common name: Belladonna Lily, Naked Lady
Amaryllis belladonna L. APNI*
Description: Clump-forming herb, flowering before the leaves emerge from the ground.
Leaves 6–10, linear, 30–45 cm long, 15–30 mm wide, channelled, glabrous, margins entire.
Umbel 2–14-flowered; scape 30–80 cm high, to 8–12 mm diam.; pedicels 1.5–5 cm long; bracteoles filiform, 3–5.5 cm long. Flowers slightly nodding, strongly fragrant. Tepals broad-lanceolate, 5–10 cm long, fused basally for 8–14 mm long, pale to bright pink. Stamens slightly shorter than perianth; filaments attached at rim of perianth tube; anthers crescent-shaped, 5–6 mm long. Ovary oblong.
Capsule ± globose, 10–20 mm diam.
Distribution and occurrence: Frequently cultivated, often persists around settlements and homesteads; possibly not fully naturalized. Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *CWS
Other Australian states: *W.A. *S.A.
Text by G. J. Harden & N. Frischknecht (1993); edited KL Wilson (Oct 2015)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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