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Crinum macowanii (River lily, River crinum)

Rivierlelie, Sabielelie [Afrikaans]; intelezi [Xhosa]; umnduze [Zulu]

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales > Family: Amaryllidaceae > Genus: Crinum

Crinum macowanii (River lily, River crinum) Crinum macowanii (River lily, River crinum)
Crinum macowanii (River lily, River crinum)

 Left photo: Crinum macowanii flowering on a roadbank at Cecil Kop, Mutare, Zimbabwe. [photo Bart Wursten , Flora of Zimbabwe]

 Top right photo: Crinum macowanii under cultivation in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. [photo H. Robertson, Iziko ]

 Bottom right: Crinum macowanii, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Zimbabwe. [photo BC Wenham , Flora of Zimbabwe]

See KwaZulu-Natal Wildflowers by Elsa Pooley p. 350; Creative gardening with indigenous plants by Pitta Joffe p. 319; Transvaal Lowveld and escarpment wild flowers by Jo Onderstall p. 56.

Ecological interactions




  • Martins DJ, Johnson SD. 2007. Hawkmoth pollination of aerangoid orchids in Kenya, with special reference to nectar sugar concentration gradients in the floral spurs. American Journal of Botany 94(4): 650-659.


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