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Common name

English: St. Christopher Lily


Kingdom: Plantae (2635)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2573)

    Class: Liliopsida (389)

      Order: Liliales (108)

        Family: Amaryllidaceae (26)(family description)

          Genus: Crinum (2)

            Epithet: jagus (Thomps.) Dandy (1)

Synonyms: Amaryllis jagus J.Thomps., Amaryllis jagus J.Thomps., Amaryllis latifolia Lam., Crinum bequaertii De Wild., Crinum congolense De Wild., Crinum giganteum Andrews, Crinum laurentii T.Durand & De Wild., Crinum petiolatum Herb., Crinum podophyllum Baker, Crinum spectabile Herb. ex Steud., Crinum suaveolens A.Chev., Crinum vanillodorum Welw. ex Baker

congolense => from the Democratic Republic of Congo (former Belgian Congo)

giganteum => gigantic, unusually higher than the type

jagus => meaning not known, unexplained

latifolia => with broad leaves

laurentii => in honor of Emile Laurent (1861-1904), Belgian botanist

petiolatum => having petioles, not sessile, distinctly petiolate

spectabile => showy, superior, spectaclular

suaveolens => fragrant, sweet-smelling


Climate: tropical

Habit: herb

Flower colour: white

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