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Useful Tropical Plants

Hippeastrum puniceum

(Lam.) Voss

Amaryllidaceae

+ Synonyms

Amaryllis barbata (Herb.) Traub

Amaryllis barreirasa Traub

Amaryllis belladonna E.Mey. ex Steud.

Amaryllis biflora Sessé & Moc.

Amaryllis brasiliensis Andrews

Amaryllis dubia L.

Amaryllis equestris Aiton

Amaryllis haywardii Traub & Uphof

Amaryllis ignescens Regel

Amaryllis punicea Lam.

Amaryllis pyrrhocroa (Lem.) W.Bull

Amaryllis roezlii Regel

Amaryllis spathacea (Sims) Sweet

Aschamia equestris (Aiton) Salisb.

Crinum barbatum L. ex Herb.

Hippeastrum barbatum Herb.

Hippeastrum barreirasum (Traub) H.E.Moore

Hippeastrum equestre (Aiton) Herb.

Hippeastrum ignescens Regel

Hippeastrum occidentale M.Roem.

Hippeastrum puniceum barbatum (Herb.) Voss

Hippeastrum puniceum haywardii (Traub & Uphof) H.E.Moore

Hippeastrum puniceum majus (Ker Gawl.) Marais

Hippeastrum puniceum roezlii (Regel) Voss

Hippeastrum puniceum spathaceum (Sims) Voss

Hippeastrum punicum pyrrochroum (Lem.) Voss

Hippeastrum purpureum Kuntze

Hippeastrum pyrrochroum Lem.

Hippeastrum roezlii (Regel) Baker

Hippeastrum soratense Rusby

Hippeastrum spathaceum Sims

Hippeastrum wolteri Wittm.

Common Name:

Hippeastrum puniceum
Flowering plants
Photograph by: VanLap Hoàng
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Hippeastrum puniceum Hippeastrum puniceum Hippeastrum puniceum

General Information

Hippeastrum puniceum is a bulbous plant, producing a clump of 4 - 6 grass-like leaves up to 60cm tall from a globose bulb about 5cm in diameter[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
372
Title
Flowers of India
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.flowersofindia.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A wed site of native Indian plants, plus cultivated and naturalized species. It has good quality photos and terse details on more than 3,000 species and cultivars.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is commonly grown as an ornamental in tropical and subtropical gardens, and also as a pot plant in cooler zones. It is a parent of many ornamental hybrid plants[
710
Title
Tropical Flowering Plants. A Guide to Identification and Cultivation.
Publication
 
Author
Llamas K.A.
Publisher
Timber Press; Oregon.
Year
2003
ISBN
0-88192-585-3
Description
A terse guide for the gardener to almost 1,500 species of ornamental tropical plants with brief details on their cultivation and, usually, a small photograph of good quality.
].

Known Hazards

The bulb contains alkaloids, including lycorine. It is toxic, especially if eaten in large quantities, causing nausea, vomiting, salivation and possibly diarrhoea[
293
Title
Poisonous Plants of North Carolina
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/poison.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent concise but comprehensive guide to toxic plants that grow in N. Carolina. It lists even those plants that are of very low toxicity, including several well-known food plants such as carrots and potatoes.
].

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas.

Habitat

Rocky shores and hillsides.

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitBulb
Height0.50 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the tropics, cultivated in sub-tropical areas and in pots in the temperate zone, the plant has a period of dormancy and so is adapted to growing in areas with a distinct dry season[
710
Title
Tropical Flowering Plants. A Guide to Identification and Cultivation.
Publication
 
Author
Llamas K.A.
Publisher
Timber Press; Oregon.
Year
2003
ISBN
0-88192-585-3
Description
A terse guide for the gardener to almost 1,500 species of ornamental tropical plants with brief details on their cultivation and, usually, a small photograph of good quality.
].
Succeeds in bright, filtered light or in part sun[
710
Title
Tropical Flowering Plants. A Guide to Identification and Cultivation.
Publication
 
Author
Llamas K.A.
Publisher
Timber Press; Oregon.
Year
2003
ISBN
0-88192-585-3
Description
A terse guide for the gardener to almost 1,500 species of ornamental tropical plants with brief details on their cultivation and, usually, a small photograph of good quality.
]. Prefers a well-drained, neutral to slightly acid, gritty soil[
710
Title
Tropical Flowering Plants. A Guide to Identification and Cultivation.
Publication
 
Author
Llamas K.A.
Publisher
Timber Press; Oregon.
Year
2003
ISBN
0-88192-585-3
Description
A terse guide for the gardener to almost 1,500 species of ornamental tropical plants with brief details on their cultivation and, usually, a small photograph of good quality.
].
A widely grown, ornamental plant; it has escaped from cultivation in some areas and become naturalized, being classified as 'Invasive' in some areas, including Hawaii, Lord Howe Island and New Caledonia[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
].
The plant can flower for most months of the year[
372
Title
Flowers of India
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.flowersofindia.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A wed site of native Indian plants, plus cultivated and naturalized species. It has good quality photos and terse details on more than 3,000 species and cultivars.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The bulb is emetic and purgative[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
,
521
Title
Useful Plants of the Siona and Secoya Indians of Eastern Ecuador.
Publication
Fieldiana Botany New Series No. 15
Author
Vickers W.T.; Plowman T.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; USA.
Year
1984
ISBN
0015 - 0746
Description
Very terse, but it gives the uses of a large number of species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. It is used in the treatment of stomachaches[
521
Title
Useful Plants of the Siona and Secoya Indians of Eastern Ecuador.
Publication
Fieldiana Botany New Series No. 15
Author
Vickers W.T.; Plowman T.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; USA.
Year
1984
ISBN
0015 - 0746
Description
Very terse, but it gives the uses of a large number of species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The bulb can be crushed in water, then boiled or roasted in fire and then eaten; followed by drinking water[
521
Title
Useful Plants of the Siona and Secoya Indians of Eastern Ecuador.
Publication
Fieldiana Botany New Series No. 15
Author
Vickers W.T.; Plowman T.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; USA.
Year
1984
ISBN
0015 - 0746
Description
Very terse, but it gives the uses of a large number of species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

The root is emetic and laxative. It is used to treat asthma, biliousness, and to induce vomiting[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

An infusion of the flowers is antispasmodic. It is recommended in the treatment of whooping cough[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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