Crinum latifolium (Pink-striped trumpet lily)



Crinum latifolium (Pink-striped trumpet lily, Lirio, Milk and wine lily) is a species of flowering plant of the family Amaryllidaceae, native to India. The species has antiviral and antitumor properties and is traditionally used to treat rheumatism, tumors, earaches, fistula, rubefacient, tubercle and whitlow.

Crinum latifolium is a small plant with a low and spreading growth habit with a tidy rosette. The sub-globose biulb is up to 10 cm in diameter. The short leaves are 30-100 cm long and 5-8 cm wide, and have a strong rib on the underside and form a rosette almost flattened on the ground. The flower scapes are up to 60 cm tall, glaucous, erect and tinged with purple. Floral tube is curved, 10-12 cm long. Tepals are oblong-lanceolate, 7.5-10 cm long and 2.5-3 cm wide, white but flushed with pale purple in the median part. The filaments are white. The cultivated hybrid plant have a variety of colors, some with white stips running from the center of the red tepals. Flowers open in late afternoon and are quite fragrant especially at night. The opened flowers last only for a night and are wilted by dawn the next day. The flower buds have a pale pink stripe on the outside, while the interiors may be pure white or have a pink stripe as well. The fruit is almost globose, 4-5 cm in diameter.

Propagation is by seeds.

Crinum latifoliumCrinum latifolium
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Crinum latifolium (Pink-striped Trumpet Lily)Crinum latifolium (Pink-striped Trumpet Lily)
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