Queen Emma Lily

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This is a beautiful photo of the Spider Lily or Queen Emma Lily.  These flowers can be found growing everywhere on the island of Kauai.  They are an elegant flower and I love the delicate petals with the contrast of white and purple.

This information can be found at: Backyardnature.net

“……This species, native to tropical Southeast Asia, is commonly grown in Mexico’s hot lowlands. It goes by several English names, including Spider Lily (a name applied to many different species), Crinum Lily, Stately Lily and Queen Emma Lily. All these names are misleading, since the plant isn’t a member of the Lily Family, but rather belongs to the Amaryllis Family. It’s CRINUM AUGUSTUM ‘Queen Emma’, the “‘Queen Emma'” appended to the binomial being the cultivar name.

…Queen Emma, by the way, was Emma Rooke (1836-1885) of Hawaii, who was queen consort of King Kamehameha IV (1833-1863). Queen Emma, they say, was particularly fond of the plant, even though it wasn’t native to Hawaii. The plant does grow there wild now, though, as it does in many tropical regions…….”

More information can be found at Wikipedia:

“…….Crinum is a genus of about 180 species of perennial plants that have large showy flowers on leafless stems, and develop from bulbs. They are found in seasonally moist areas, including marshes, swamps, depressions and along the sides of streams and lakes in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide.

Cranium leaves are basal, typically long and strap-shaped, with colors ranging from light green to green…..”


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