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Author:  Barthélemy C.J. Dumortier, 1822
Origin:  Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea, Queensland + Western Australia, Thailand
Soil:  Mix - Rich
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Minimum - Medium
Thickness:  5-10 Centimetres
Height:  25-50 Centimetres
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Brisbane Lily, Cardwell Lily,  Northern Christmas Lily Seashore Eurycles
Synonyms:  Pancratium amboinense, Linne, 1753.
Proiphys amboinensis, W. Herbert 1821.
Eurycles amboinensis, Lindl. 1821.
Eurycles coronata, Salisb.1821.
Eurycles nuda, Sweet 1821.
Eurycles sylvestris Salisb.1821.
Cearia amboinensis, Dumortier 1822.
Crinum nervosum Will. 1824.
Eurycles nervosa, Don 1830.
Amaryllis rotundifolia, Lam.
Cepa amboinensis, Kuntze.
Eurycles alata, Sweet.
Eurycles australasica, G.Don ex Lindl.
Eurycles australis, Schult. & Schult.f.
Eurycles javanica, M.Roem.
Eurycles rotundifolia, M.Roem.
Eurycles sylvestris, Salisb. ex Schult. & Schult.f.
Pancratium australasicum, Ker Gawl.
Pancratium australe, Spreng.
Pancratium nervifolium, Salisb.
Pancratium ovatifolium, Stokes
Stemonix nervosus, Raf.

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by Barthélemy Charles Joseph Dumortier in 1822. It is found in Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea, Queensland + Western Australia and Thailand, and have been cultivated widely. It is growing in a drained but rich soil with quite some water and little sun. The bulb can grow to five or even ten centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 25 or even 50 centimetres in height. The flowers are white.

The genera name  from Latin cēnāre; 'eatable'. The species name from the Indonesian island Ambon (former Ambiona).

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