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Hippeastrum

Hippeastrum
Barry Chick

Hippeastrum is a genus of about 70-75 species and 600+ hybrids and cultivars of bulbous plants in the family Amaryllidaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas from Argentina north to Mexico and the Caribbean. Some species are grown for their large showy flowers. These plants are popularly but erroneously known as Amaryllis, an African genus in the same family (from the Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippeastrum).

I’m not game to assign the above example to any particular cultivar or species, but you can browse through a gallery of 84 images on the United States National Arboretum site (http://www.usna.usda.gov/PhotoGallery/HippeastrumGallery/) to see some more beautiful examples of these lilies.

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