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Zephyranthes carinata Herb.
Family Amaryllidaceae
Common name: Pink Rain Lily, Rosepink Zephyr Lily

Zephyranthes carinata Herb. APNI*

Synonyms: Zephyranthes grandiflora auct. APNI*

Description: Plant with several basal leaves.

Leaves linear, flattened but shallowly channelled, not twisted, 0.3–0. mm wide.

Scape 10–20 cm long; spathe scarious, 3–5 cm long. Flower erect, solitary; pedicel 1.5–2 cm long; perianth segments fused basally; tube c. 1.5 cm long; segments spreading above, ovate to broad-ovate, 4–6 cm long, pink or rose. Stamens subequal; filaments inserted at mouth of tube, 2–2.5 cm long; anthers 15–20 mm long. Style slightly declinate, as long as or to 5 mm longer than stamens, 3-fid.

Photo J. R. Hosking


Distribution and occurrence: Recorded as naturalised on dunes near Boat Harbour (NC) and near Ballina . Also naturalised in eastern Queensland. Commonly cultivated and likely to be a garden escape or naturalised in other areas. Native to Mexico.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Other Australian states: *Qld
AVH map***

This species used to be called Zephyranthes grandiflora, but the correct name for it is Z. carinata - see note in Flora of China vol 24: 265 (2000).

Text by KL Wilson (June 2008); edited KL Wilson (August 2009)
Taxon concept: H Hewson (1987) Flora of Australia vol. 45; Alan Meerow (pers. comm. 2009); Kanchi Gandhi (pers. comm. 2009)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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