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Perennial herb, generally from bulb, coat membranous. Stem: erect, generally cylindric, solid. Leaf: basal, sessile. Inflorescence: scapose, umbel-like or 1-flowered; bracts generally 2(8), conspicuous, ± fused. Flower: perianth often with a conspicuous, ± tubular crown, parts 6, in 2 whorls, petal-like, [free to] ± fused, radial or not; stamens 6, ± fused to perianth, ± united, anthers attached at base; ovary inferior, chambers 3, each many-ovuled, style 1, stigmas 1 or 3. Fruit: generally capsule, dry, loculicidal, or fleshy berry.
± 60 genera, 800 species. [Meerow & Snijman 2006 Aliso 22:355–366] —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Key to Amaryllidaceae
1 sp. (Greek: a shepherdess name in classical poetry)
Bulb 5–10+ cm. Stem: 30–60 cm, stout. Leaf: linear, 30–45 cm, 1.5–3 cm wide. Inflorescence: umbel-like, appearing after leaves withered; bracts scarious; pedicels 2–4 cm. Flower: perianth spreading or ± reflexed, funnel-shaped, parts 5–8 cm, fused ± 1 cm, ± pink, sometimes white or yellow basally, crown 0; filaments >> anthers; stigma ± spheric or minutely 3-lobed. Fruit: capsule, ± spheric, dehiscing irregularly. Seed: 0 [few, fleshy, white or ± pink].
Disturbed sites, often around abandoned home sites; < 750 m. Central Coast, San Francisco Bay Area, South Coast, San Bernardino Mountains; Louisiana, temperate tropics, South America, Africa, Mediterranean. Jul–Sep [Online Interchange]
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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on Aug 5 2015
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Amaryllis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=12964, accessed on Aug 5 2015
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