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Pink Rain Lily

Zephyranthes rosea

Description:

Z. rosea are perennial herbaceous monocots. They are small plants, reaching only 15 to 20 cm (5.9 to 7.9 in) in height.[3] They bear five to six narrow and flattened dark green linear leaves, about 3 to 4 mm (0.12 to 0.16 in) wide, from spherical tunicate bulbs around 1.5 to 2.5 centimetres (0.59 to 0.98 in) in diameter.[4][5][6] The single funnel-shaped flowers are borne erect or slightly inclined on scapes around 10 to 15 cm (3.9 to 5.9 in) long. The spathes are around 2 to 2.8 cm (0.79 to 1.1 in) long and slightly divided only at the tip.[7] The fragrant six-petaled flowers are around 2.5 cm (0.98 in) in diameter and 3 to 3.5 cm (1.2 to 1.4 in) in length. The perianth is bright pink with a green central perianth tube that is less than 5 mm (0.20 in) long.[5][8][9] The six stamens are of different lengths – one of 11 mm (0.43 in), one of 16 mm (0.63 in), and four between 12 to 13 mm (0.47 to 0.51 in).[5] They are shorter than the style and inserted at the mouth of the perianth.[7] The anthers are 3 to 6 mm (0.12 to 0.24 in) long.[10] The flowers develop into capsules that are divided deeply into three lobes.[11] The seeds are shiny black and flattened.[4]

Habitat:

Z. rosea is native to the Caribbean, particularly Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, and Martinique.[13] It has been introduced and naturalized to tropical North America, Central America, South America, Asia, Australia, and some Pacific Islands.[27] They are common in recently disturbed land and grassy areas (like lawns and meadows) that receive periodical rainfall.[8][9]

Notes:

The bulbs of Z. rosea, like other members of Zephyranthes and Habranthus, contain various toxic alkaloids including lycorine and haemanthamine.[29] They can cause vomiting, convulsions, and death to humans, livestock, and poultry.[16]

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Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 7 years ago

Thanks Dan for the ID. That was fast!

Jolly Ibanez
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Jolly Ibanez

Zamboanga City, Philippines

Lat: 6.91, Long: 122.07

Spotted on Apr 29, 2012
Submitted on Apr 29, 2012

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