|Author: ||Carl Linnaeus, 1753
Island, Assam, Bangladesh, Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo,
Cambodia, China, Christmas Island, Cocos Island, Fiji,
Gilbert Island, India, Japan, Java, Korea, Laos, Lesser
Sunda Island, Malaya, Maldives, Maluku, Mauritius, Myanmar,
Nansei-shoto, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New South Wales;
AU, Nicobar Island, Norfolk Island, Northern Territory; AU,
Ogasawara-shoto, Philippines, Queensland; AU, Rodrigues,
Réunion, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Island, South China Sea,
Sri Lanka, Sulawesi + Sumatera; Indonesia, Taiwan,
Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam (Ecuador, Hawaii,
Madagascar, Mexico, Guatemala and many more)
- Sand - Clay
Bulb, Giant Crinum Lily, Grand Crinum Lily, Grand Crinum
Lily, Spider Lily, St. Johns
lily, TYree Crinum
asiatica, Joseph Gaertner, 1788.
William Roxburgh, 1824.
Crinum firmifolium var.
hygrophilum, H. Perrier, 1939.
Crinum asiaticum var. japonicum, Baker.
Crinum asiaticum var. pedunculatum,
Fosberg & Sachet
Crinum asiaticum var. sinicum, Baker.
This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by
Carl Linnaeus in
1753. It is found
in Asia (and brought many places else), growing in a wide range of soil
from grit to rice fields. I have found most in swamps, covered half
way up in water, although some grow on mountain peaks, quite dry.
Some was found in the open sun, others under big trees. The bulb can grow to
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 50 or even 100 centimetres in
flowers are white and can go into purple with age.
The genera is from the Greek
krinon, meaning 'lily'. The species name for its origin in Asia.