Lycoris Herb.

Commemorating a beautiful Roman actress, the mistress of Mark Anthony.

Herbaceous perennial with bulbs. Leaves slender, strap-like, appearing after the flowers. Flower clusters on solid stalks. Perianth segments free or united into a short tube. Lobes equal, spreading or bent back and with minute scales. Stamens attached at the throat of the flower. Spathes 2, free. Ovary inferior, 3-chambered. Fruit a capsule containing a few round black seeds.

Grown for the attractive colouful spidery flowers.


Flower stem solid; ovules 1-3 per ovary chamber; spathes 2; perianth lobes spreading; flower tube curved.

11-20 species from E Asia.

Adams (1976).

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.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Amaryllidaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Lycoris aurea (L'Hèr.) Herb.