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Crinum erubescensAiton
Common Name:Lirio, Lirio de agua

Ait., Hort. Kew 1:413.1789 Lirio

Large aquatic herb; bulb ovoid, 7-10 cm diam.Leaves basal, strap-shaped, mostly acute at apex, 1-2 m long and to8.5 cm wide, thick and succulent, broadly chan­neled.Flowering scapes stout, usually somewhat shorter than leaves;involucral bracts 7-11 cm long, pointed; flowers 4-12 perinflorescence, sessile; perianth salver­form, 15-25 cm long,white, usually tinged with maroon, often persisting in fruit, thetube slender, green, the lobes 6, lanceolate, 7-11 cm long; stamens6, long-exserted, to 7 cm long or more, white at base, maroonabove; an­thers versatile, more than 1 cm long; style maroon,ex­ceeding stamens; stigma weakly trilobate. Capsules fleshy,irregularly rounded, to 7 cm long; seeds 2-4, naked, of veryirregular size and shape, mostly ca 5 cm long. Croat11803.

Locally abundant, usually in protected areas. Flower­ingplants are apparently restricted to the shoreline. The species maybe found in flower and fruit during any part of the year and showsno marked seasonality, though perhaps the greatest floweringactivity occurs during the dry season and the early rainy season.The same popula­tion may have both flowering and fruitinginflorescences simultaneously.

The buoyant seeds are usually washed ashore,where they germinate, but they have been reported to germinatewhile still afloat.

Widespread, often cultivated, in tropical America. In Panama,known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, Bocas del Toroand Darién and from tropical wet forest in Bocas del Toro.

See Fig. 140.

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