Beach Spider Lily
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Beach Spider Lily
P Introduced Photo: Tabish
Common name: Beach Spider Lily
Botanical name: Hymenocallis littoralis    Family: Amaryllidaceae (Nargis family)
Synonyms: Hymenocallis insignis, Hymenocallis pedalis, Hymenocallis tenuiflora

Beach Spider Lily is a plant 30-70 cm tall with narrow sword shaped leaves. The flowers are in fragrant white umbels, each flower with slender recurved petals and elongated stamens emerging from a central cup. The flower tube is 14-17 cm long or longer, and there are six segments, which are united at the base by a thin membranous cup of corona. The flowers are borne in cluster of 2-12 flower on around 2 ft long stalk arising from the centre of the leaves. It is called spiderlily because of the petals, which look like spider legs. The flowers open one by one in 4-5 days. The sword-shaped leaves are about 4-5 cm broad and the plant flowers through out the year. Beach Spider Lily is native to Mexico to N. Peru and Brazil, widely cultivated in the Tropical world.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in cultivation in Delhi.

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