Herbert W.
1821
An Appendix
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Lycoris Herb. An Appendix 20. 1821.
LYCORIS.
Bulbus, ovatus. Folia bifaria, angusta, hiemalia, ęstate depereuntia.
Scapus sub-pręcox, autumnalis. Umbella sub-12-flora? Flores inodori.
Pedunculi suberecte divaricati. Germen trigone ovale, fere rectum, 3-loculare.
Loculi 6-8 spermi, ovulis subglobosis. Tubus obsolete trigonus, a germine
sub-declinatus, sursum curvatus, et juxta faucem amplior. Lacinię semi-pa-
tentes, sursum curvatę, undulatę. Filamenta pariter fere cum laciniis in
tubum coalescentia, assurgenter curvata, alterna longiora. Stylus sursum
curvatus. Stigma simplex, acutum, circum-fimbriatum. Capsula et semina
non visa. Patria Asię pars orientalis. Species.
* 1. Aurea. Bot. Mag. 409.
* 2. Radiata. Bot. Rep. 95.-Specimen ex Japonia in herb. Lamb.
Bulb ovate. Leaves narrow, bifarious, flourishing in winter, dying in
the summer. Scape autumnal, a little before or with the leaves. Umbel
probably under 12-flowered. Flowers scentless. Peduncles erect or sloping
Germen triangularly oval, very little bent downwards, 3-celled. Cells with
6-8 ovules roundish. Tube obsoletely triangular, very little bent from the
germ, curved upwards, a little widened at the mouth. Petals half expended,
curved upwards, undulated. Filaments inserted almost equally and coa-
lescing at one height with the petals into a tube, the alternate longest. Style
curved upwards. Stigma simple, acute, fringed round the side. Capsule
and seeds
not seen. Country the Eastern part of Asia. Species: 1. Aurea,
2. Radiata. Culture. A light loam appears to suit them. Bulbs of L.
Aurea have been left by me one or two winters in the open ground without
perishing, but they did not vegetate. They should be kept dry in the stove
in the summer, and ought to flower in the autumn. The growth of the leaves
should be promoted by a moderate supply of water in the autumn. They are
pretty hardy, and may in the spring be removed into the greenhouse; but
they must be kept dry and warm in summer. L. Radiata does not flower
near so freely with us, though I understand that it blooms abundantly at
Calcutta about the beginning of August, though neither Aurea nor Radiata
ripen their seed in Bengal. I apprehend that a very hot season of rest, and
the vigorous growth of the leaf in a lower temperature, are the requisites.
The general fault in the treatment of tender bulbs is, that we keep them in the
stove, and perhaps water them a little at all seasons, instead of abstaining
entirely during part of the year while they are preparing their bloom, and
allowing them a wet and cool season for growth of their leaves.