Eucharis amazonica

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Eucharis amazonica
Eucharis amazonica - Berlin Botanical Garden - IMG 8702.JPG
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
Genus: Eucharis
Species: E. amazonica
Binomial name
Eucharis amazonica
Linden ex Planch.

Eucharis amazonica is a species of flowering plant in the family Amaryllidaceae, native to Peru. It is cultivated as an ornamental in many countries and naturalized in Venezuela, Mexico, the West Indies, Ascension Island, Sri Lanka, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and the Society Islands.[1][2] The English name Amazon lily is used for this species,[3] but is also used for the genus Eucharis as a whole (and for other genera).[4]

A bulbous perennial, Eucharis amazonica has long dark leaves and fragrant white flowers.[5][6][7]

In cultivation it is often confused with the hybrid Eucharis × grandiflora.[3]

Eucharis amazonica flowers and buds


  1. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Life entry
  3. ^ a b "Eucharis amazonica|Amazon lily". RHS Gardening. Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  4. ^ "Caliphruria tenera (Amazon lily)". Plants & Fungi at Kew. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  5. ^ Planchon, Jules Émile. 1857. Journal Général d'Horticulture 12: 69–70, f. 1216.
  6. ^ Alan W. Meerow and Bijan Dehgan, "Re-Establishment and Lectotypification of Eucharis amazonica Linden ex Planchon (Amaryllidaceae)", Taxon, Vol. 33, No. 3 (Aug., 1984), pp. 416-422.
  7. ^ J Van Bragt, W Luiten, PA Sprenkels, CJ Keijzer, "Flower formation in Eucharis amazonica Linden ex Planchon", Acta Hort. (ISHS) 177:157-164, 1986.

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