Common name: Copper Lily
Habranthus tubispathus (L'Hér.) Traub APNI*
Synonyms: Zephyranthes tubispatha (L'Hér.) Herb. APNI*
Habranthus andersonii Herb. APNI*
Description: Slender bulbous perennial.
Leaves dull green, to 4 mm wide.
Inflorescence 1-flowered; spathe 2–3 cm long; flower pedicel (2-)3.3–5 mm long, exceeding the spathe; perianth 20–30 mm long, tube tinged green, c. 2 mm long; free parts of tepals somewhat spreading (not reflexed), bright yellow or orange-yellow, sometimes tinged dark red or with copper-colored veins abaxially; anthers (2-)4–5 mm long; stigma as long as anthers or rarely exceeding them by 1 mm, yellowish.
Flowering: Commonly after rain, hence the general common name of rain lilies.
Distribution and occurrence: Possibly naturalised on broad median strip in Lambton, Newcastle. Widely cultivated; native to South America (Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, NE Argentina, Chile).
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Text by KL Wilson (Aug 2013)
Taxon concept: RO Flagg, GL Smith and WS Flory, Flora North America vol. 26 (2002)
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