Friday, December 6, 2013

The Amaryllis Family - Ammoccharis Coranica

The genus Ammocharis in the Amaryllis Family (Amaryllidaceae) is endemic to Africa. They are herbaceous perennials growing from a true bulb. The flowers are borne in an umbel, a cluster at the top of the peduncle or stalk.
Ammocharis is closely related to Crinum. Like Crinum, it has fleshy seeds that do not go dormant ("recalcitrant"). For two species of Ammocharis, the seeds appear to be dispersed by wind.

There are several species in the genus:
   Not in cultivation as far as I know.
   Distribution: Africa, Uganda and Tanzania to Angola.
   Syn., Crinum baumii
   Summer growing, small species.
   Distribution: Southern Tropical Africa to Namibia. 

Summer growing or opportunistic.
   Distribution: Southern Africa, widespread in summer-rainfall areas.

   Closely related to A. longifolia. Infructescence: seeds probably dispersed by wind.
   Not in cultivation as far as I know.
   Distribution: Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia
   Syn., Cybistetes longifolia
   Leaves straight and erect. Infructescence: seeds dispersed by wind.
   Winter growing.
   Distribution: Southern Namibia and the western areas of South Africa.  

Syn., Crinum nerinoides
       Summer growing (probably), dwarf species.
       Distribution: Namibia. 

 Summer growing (probably).
       Distribution: Ethiopia southward and westward to Botswana and Namibia.

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