Habranthus Herb.

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: 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
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