Herbert W.
1837
Amaryllidaceae
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Vagaria Herb. Amaryllidaceae 226. 1837.
58. VAGARIA. - Leaves linear-lorate; umbel many-flowered,
pedunculated; germen roundly triangular, ob-
long ; cup imperfect, filaments dentately winged
on each side, inserted at the base of the limb; limb
patent; filaments short, alternate; anthers short
(incumbent ?) style tapering, a little bent; stigma
small, slightly trifid.
1. Parviflora. - Pancratium parviflorum. Red. lil. 8.
471. Desfontaine's Supp. Cat. Hort. Par. It is
not known from whence this plant was introduced
into the Parisian garden, where it produced its
flower stem in the autumn from the centre of the
old leaves, which appear to vaginate more than
those of Calostemma, or, when the leaves had pre-
viously decayed, before the autumnal growth of
young foliage. Having seen the cup of Calo-
stemma irregularly slit to the base, though that
feature was not observed by Dr. Brown, I felt some
doubt whether it might be regularly slit in another
species, and in complete ignorance of the ovarium
and fruit, as well as the native country, of this
plant, there seemed to be a possibility that it
might be an Australian Calostemma, differing in
that respect, in a wide-expanded limb, a style a
little curved, and minute splitting of the stigma.
It is however very improbable that an unknown
Australian plant should have made its appearance,
at the period when this bulb was introduced, in the
Parisian garden, and there only, without any re-
cord concerning its introduction; and it is much
more probable that it will be found to be a native
of Spain or Egypt, or some other country border-
ing on the Mediterranean; in which case it is so
227.
unlikely that an Australian genus should manifest
itself there, that we may with safety assume that
its fruit will approach to that of Pancratium rather
than Calostemma: it is certainly not a Pancratium.
The flowers are white within, and mainly green on
the outside, approximating to those of Ornithoga-
lum nutans in a kindred order, and I suspect in
fructification to P. Illyricum. It has some affinity
to Eurycles.
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