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Flame lily

Gloriosa superba


Gloriosa is a genus of five or six species in the plant family Colchicaceae, from tropical Africa and Asia. They are tender, tuberous rooted deciduous perennials, adapted to summer rainfall with a dormant dry season.


Their native range is Africa, Southeastern Asia and parts of Malaysia, but they are now widely cultivated.


Nice looking flowers. Looks like a picture of burning flame.

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Nadi88 12 years ago

Wow! Want this plant for my garden (if i had one ><)

Krishnendu Guin
Krishnendu Guin 12 years ago

Gloriosa produces colchicin, which disrupts cell division by disintegrating microtubules, and thereby hindering segregation of chromosomes. In that sense it may be called toxic or carcinogenic.

ChimeTsetan 12 years ago

this plant has surely got beautiful flower. but its described as highly toxic.

Dangermouse 12 years ago

I've seen these flowers here in Portugal too, but rarely. They are amazing. A great spotting!

YogeshSave 12 years ago

gloriosa superba.....

ChimeTsetan 12 years ago

thank you alot dandoucette for the identification. :)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago
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Hubballi, Goa, India

Spotted on Aug 14, 2011
Submitted on Aug 14, 2011

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