Common name: Natal Lily
Crinum moorei Hook.f. APNI*
Description: Herb to 1.4 m high; bulb to 20 cm diam., just under the soil surface but with an elongate neck extending 20–30 cm above ground and forming a pseudostem with the enclosing leaf bases.
Leaves to 1 m long, to c. 20 cm wide, annual (dying back after flowering), emerging in an elongate rosette from the neck of the bulb.
Inflorescence umbellate, on a long flowering scape to about 1.2 m; flowers 5–10, funnel-shaped, bilaterally symmetrical; tepals pale pink to whitish.
Distribution and occurrence: Naturalised in the lower Blue Mountains (Central Coast). Possibly naturalised in Western Australia. Native of South Africa (see http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantcd/crinummoor.htm). Widely cultivated in semi-shade.
Growing with Eucalyptus punctata, Allocasuarina torulosa, Angophora costata and native grasses and sedges, in sandy soil overlying sandstone.
NSW subdivisions: *CC
The means of dispersal of this species is currently unknown, but existing plants have appeared down-slope from cultivated plants.
Text by B.J. Conn (2005); edited KL Wilson Oct 2007
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