Greek habros – graceful, anthos – flower.
Perennial herbs, often with long-necked bulbs. Leaves linear, evergreen or herbaceous, grass-like, with or after the flowers. Flower solitary, terminal on a hollow stem, slightly irregular with a short flower tube, the paired spathe bracts united and tubular below its base. Corona of scales between the stamens. Stamens 6, united, of 4 lengths, bending down and then upwards. Fruit capsule top-shaped; seeds winged.
Flowers similar to those of Zephyranthes and grown for their simple form and colourful trumpet flowers.
Offsets and fresh seed.
Like Zephyranthes but with slightly asymmetric perianth; unequal stamens and style curving downwards.
10 species from temperate South America.
Sealy (1937), Herklots (1980).
Source: (2005). Amaryllidaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.