Hymenocallis

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Hymenocallis
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Hymenocallis caribaea
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
Genus: Hymenocallis
Salisb.[1][2]
Type species
Hymenocallis littoralis
(Jacq.) Salisb.[3][4]
Synonyms[5]

Hymenocallis /ˌhmɨnəˈkælɪs/[6] (US) or /ˌhmɛnˈkælɪs/[7] (UK) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Amaryllidaceae, subfamily Amaryllidoideae.[8] It contains more than 60 species of herbaceous bulbous perennials native to grasslands, wetlands and rocky habitats[9] in the southeastern United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America.[5]

The flower stalks arise from basal rosettes of strap-shaped leaves. The terminal clusters of fragrant flowers are green, white or yellow, and can be large and spectacular. The genus name is derived from the Greek words ὑμήν (hymen), meaning "membrane", and καλός (kalos), meaning "beautiful". It refers to the curious shape of the flowers, which consist of six narrow, curved petals attached to a shallow cup that is formed from the fused stamens. The effect is of a spidery daffodil or lily, thus explaining the common name "spider lily" for some species.[9]

Taxonomy[edit]

The genus Hymenocallis was created by Richard Anthony Salisbury in 1812,[5] when he separated out a number of species formerly placed in Pancratium, starting with Hymenocallis littoralis. The main reason for the separation was that the fruits have only two seeds in each locule. Salisbury explained the name as referring to the "beautiful membrane which connects the filaments."[10]

Species[edit]

As of September 2014, the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families accepts 65 species:[5][11]

  1. Hymenocallis acutifolia (Herb. ex Sims) Sweet - Mexico
  2. Hymenocallis araniflora T.M.Howard - Sinaloa, Nayarit
  3. Hymenocallis arenicola Northr. - Bahamas, Greater Antilles
  4. Hymenocallis astrostephana T.M.Howard - Guerrero
  5. Hymenocallis azteciana Traub - Jalisco, Nayarit, Zacatecas
  6. Hymenocallis baumlii Ravenna - Chiapas
  7. Hymenocallis bolivariana Traub - Monagas in Venezuela
  8. Hymenocallis caribaea (L.) Herb. – Caribbean spiderlily - West Indies
  9. Hymenocallis choctawensis Traub – Choctaw spiderlily - Louisiana to Florida Panhandle
  10. Hymenocallis choretis Hemsl. - southern Mexico
  11. Hymenocallis cleo Ravenna - Chiapas
  12. Hymenocallis clivorum Laferr. - Sonora
  13. Hymenocallis concinna Baker - Mexico
  14. Hymenocallis cordifolia Micheli - Guerrero
  15. Hymenocallis coronaria (Leconte) Kunth – Cahaba lily - South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama
  16. Hymenocallis crassifolia Herb. - South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida
  17. Hymenocallis durangoensis T.M.Howard - Durango
  18. Hymenocallis duvalensis Traub ex Laferr. – Dixie spiderlily - Georgia, Florida
  19. Hymenocallis eucharidifolia Baker - Guerrero, Oaxaca
  20. Hymenocallis fragrans (Salisb.) Salisb. - Jamaica
  21. Hymenocallis franklinensis Ger.L.Sm. – Franklin spiderlily - Florida Panhandle
  22. Hymenocallis gholsonii G.Lom.Sm. & Garland - Florida Panhandle
  23. Hymenocallis glauca (Zucc.) M.Roem. - central + southern Mexico
  24. Hymenocallis godfreyi G.L.Sm. & Darst – Godfrey's spiderlily - Florida Panhandle
  25. Hymenocallis graminifolia Greenm. - Morelos
  26. Hymenocallis guatemalensis Traub - Guatemala
  27. Hymenocallis guerreroensis T.M.Howard - Guerrero
  28. Hymenocallis harrisiana Herb. - central + southern Mexico
  29. Hymenocallis henryae Traub – Henry's spiderlily - Florida Panhandle
  30. Hymenocallis howardii Bauml - western Mexico
  31. Hymenocallis imperialis T.M.Howard - San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo
  32. Hymenocallis incaica Ravenna - Peru
  33. Hymenocallis jaliscensis M.E.Jones - Jalisco, Nayarit
  34. Hymenocallis latifolia (Mill.) M.Roem. – perfumed spiderlily - West Indies, Florida
  35. Hymenocallis leavenworthii (Standl. & Steyerm.) Bauml - Michoacán
  36. Hymenocallis lehmilleri T.M.Howard - Guerrero
  37. Hymenocallis limaensis Traub - Lima Province in Peru
  38. Hymenocallis liriosme (Raf.) Shinners – Texan spiderlily (yellow center) - south-central United States
  39. Hymenocallis littoralis (Jacq.) Salisb. - Mexico, Central America, northern South America
  40. Hymenocallis lobata Klotzsch - Venezuela
  41. Hymenocallis longibracteata Hochr. - Veracruz
  42. Hymenocallis maximilianii T.M.Howard - Guerrero
  43. Hymenocallis multiflora Vargas - Peru
  44. Hymenocallis occidentalis (Leconte) Kunth - southeastern + south-central United States
  45. Hymenocallis ornata (C.D.Bouché) M.Roem. - Guatemala
  46. Hymenocallis ovata (Mill.) M.Roem. - Cuba
  47. Hymenocallis palmeri S.Watson – alligator lily (yellow center) - Florida
  48. Hymenocallis partita Ravenna - Chiapas
  49. Hymenocallis phalangidis Bauml - Nayarit
  50. Hymenocallis pimana Laferr. - Chihuahua, Sonora
  51. Hymenocallis portamonetensis Ravenna - Chiapas
  52. Hymenocallis praticola Britton & P.Wilson - Cuba
  53. Hymenocallis proterantha Bauml - southern Mexico
  54. Hymenocallis pumila Bauml - Jalisco, Colima
  55. Hymenocallis puntagordensis Traub – Punta Gordo spiderlily - southern Florida
  56. Hymenocallis pygmaea Traub - North Carolina, South Carolina
  57. Hymenocallis rotata (Ker Gawl.) Herb. – streambank spiderlily - northern Florida
  58. Hymenocallis schizostephana Worsley - Brazil but extinct
  59. Hymenocallis sonorensis Standl. - Sonora, Sinaloa
  60. Hymenocallis speciosa (L.f. ex Salisb.) Salisb. – green-tinge spiderlily - Windward Islands
  61. Hymenocallis tridentata Small - Florida
  62. Hymenocallis tubiflora Salisb. - Trinidad, Venezuela, Guianas, northwestern Brazil
  63. Hymenocallis vasconcelosii García-Mend. - Oaxaca
  64. Hymenocallis venezuelensis Traub - Venezuela
  65. Hymenocallis woelfleana T.M.Howard - Durango, Sinaloa, Nayarit

Formerly placed here[edit]

Cultivation[edit]

Most Hymenocallis must be grown in a warm greenhouse or in a sheltered sunny spot where the ground does not freeze. The North American species H. occidentalis is found as far north as southwestern Indiana where winters can reach 0 °F (−18 °C).[13] They like good drainage and grow well in a soil rich with organic matter. The following species and hybrids are found in cultivation:-[9]

  • H. amancaes
  • H. caribaea
  • H. harrisiana
  • H. littoralis
  • H. × macrostephana[14] (H. narcissiflora × H. speciosa)      
  • H. narcissiflora
  • H. speciosa
  • H. 'Sulphur Queen'

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Genus: Hymenocallis Salisb.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  2. ^ Salisbury, Richard Anthony. 1812. Transactions of the Horticultural Society of London 1: 338
  3. ^ lectotype designated by N. L. Britton & A. Brown, Ill. Fl. N.U.S. ed. 2. 1: 533 (1913)
  4. ^ Tropicos, Hymenocallis Salisb.
  5. ^ a b c d WCSP (2014), World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2014-09-04 , search for "Hymenocallis"
  6. ^ Sunset Western Garden Book, 1995:606–607
  7. ^ Johnson, A.T. & Smith, H.A. (1972), Plant Names Simplified : Their Pronunciation Derivation & Meaning, Buckenhill, Herefordshire: Landsmans Bookshop, ISBN 978-0-900513-04-6 
  8. ^ Stevens, P.F. (2001 onwards), Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Amaryllidoideae  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ a b c RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  10. ^ Salisbury, R.A. (1812), Transactions of the Horticultural Society of London 1: 338 ; see page 338 in the third edition published in 1820.
  11. ^ "Hymenocallis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  12. ^ "GRIN Species Records of Hymenocallis". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  13. ^ "BONAP's North American Plant Atlas". The Biota of North America Program. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - '' ". Retrieved 23 June 2013.