Eucharis Planch. & Lind.

Greek eu – true, good, charis – attraction, referring to the appealing blooms.

Perennial herbs with bulbs. Leaves evergreen with a distinct stalk and ovate-elliptic blade with longitudinal parallel veins, similar to those of Aspidistra. Flower clusters of 5-10 flowers with a stalk about as long as that of the leaves. Perianth regular with a narrow curved tube widening at the mouth, lobes oblong-ovate, white. Corona present with the stamens attached. Ovary 3-chambered, containing numerous ovules in vertical rows (rarely 2).

Grown for the large shiny leaves and attractive white flowers.

Bulb offsets or sometimes from seed.

Leaves broad on long distinct stalks; perianth lobes mostly waxy white.

17 species from Central America to Bolivia.

Source: Spencer, R.; Hay, A.; Ashburner, W. (2005). Amaryllidaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Amaryllidaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Eucharis amazonica Planch.