Rhodophiala Presl

Greek rhodon - red, phiala - drinking vessel.

Bulbs often with a conspicuous neck. Leaves dying down, to about 1 cm wide, linear, flat. Main stalk hollow. Spathes 2, free or fused on 1 side. Flowers 1-7, irregular, funnel-shaped with a short tube, individual stalks thin. Stamens united and of 4 different lengths, bent down then up. Seeds black, winged.

Often treated as a part of the genus Hippeastrum.


Spathe bracts clearly fused on one side.

30 species in South America with a centre of distribution in Chile.

Traub (1956).

Source: Ashburner, W.; Ashburner, C.; Spencer, R. (2005). Narcissus. 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         Rhodophiala bifida (A.D.Herb.) Traub.