Urceolina pendula Herb. 1837

Biblio : Edwards


Article de W. Herbert dans Edwards's Botanical Register, 24: 81-82, misc.151, 1838.


151. URCEOLINA pendula.

Herb. Am. p. 193. app. - U. fulva ? ib. 194. t. 26. f. 5. Collania urceolata. R. et Sch. syst. 8. 892.
U. pendula ; bulbo ovato, foliis 2-4 longč pedunculatis laminā 9-unciali 4 unc. latā apiculatā, scapo sesquipedali rotundatč subancipiti pallidč subglauco, spathā sesquiunciali pallidā, umbellā 5-9-florā pedunculis curvis spathā bre- vioribus, germine pendulo 3/16 unc. subgloboso costato viridi, tubo semunciali viridi, coronā ¼ unc. sinubus interstamineis, limbo 1¼ unc. luteo-subrubes- cente apicem versus viridi albomarginato, filamentis limbo longioribus sepa- lino superiore elongato, petalino inferiore abbreviato, stylo producto, stigmate parvulo, antheris luteis brevibus a tertiā parte affixis. - W. H.
"This remarkable plant flowered for the first time at Spofforth in June last, having been kept dry in the green- house during the winter, and it has verified the prediction (Herb. Amar. p. 194.) that "some attempt to form a mem- branous cup must be found in this genus when better known," under which persuasion, as is there stated, it was placed in the Pancratiform section, though it had been called a Crinum by Ruiz, who entirely overlooked the membrane on the teeth of which the filaments are borne, and of which the edge is conspicuous on looking into the flower, though its sides are completely adhesive to the limb, which can however be stripped off from it. This adhesion of the lower part of the segments of the limb to the cup gives it the appearance of forming a part of the tube, which is not truly the case. The size of the flowers is exaggerated in the Flora Peruviana, and it is therefore probable that the specimen which was named fulva from its apparently deeper colour, and its smaller and more numerous flowers, may not be distinct. Leperiza latifolia (Pancratium latifolium of Ruiz) is closely allied to Urceolina, and as the staminiferous membrane is found to exist in the latter, it is not improbable, (as stated Herb. Amar. p. 195) that the genus Leperiza will merge in Urceolina, supposing the lily-like scaly bulb represented in the Fl. Per. to be an error of the artist's ; in which case the principal distinguishing feature of Leperiza would be the freedom of the upper part of the cup, the foliage and habit being very similar. "Urceolina likes a strong rich loam. It is a native of the shady woods of the Peruvian Andes, and its leaves suffer from exposure to a fierce sun. It seems to thrive in a higher L. November, 1838. m
temperature than the Peruvian Ismenes, and not to grow so vigorously as they do out of doors in this country. The bulbs should not be watered in winter." W. H. Mr. Herbert has favoured me with the foregoing notice of this curious little yellow and green flowered Amaryllida- ceous plant.

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