27. Crinum asiaticum L. AMARYLLIDACEAE

Hindi: Nagadamani, नागदामिनी

This large, bulbous herb is widely cultivated in the tropics, and as a hothouse plant in temperate regions. It is native to South and South-East Asia, including India. The seeds have a corky layer, which are adapted for dispersal by water, beside which the plant often grows. The bulbs are used medicinally as an emetic, and for biliousness and urinary complaints.

Stipple engraving of Crinum asiaticum from Redouté’s Les Liliacées, t. 348

     

    RBGE Living Collections Accession Factsheet
    Accession Number:19701060
    Scientific Name:Crinum asiaticum L.
    Family:Amaryllidaceae
    Genus:Crinum
    Epithet:asiaticum
    Collector:Sands, Martin
    Origin:Malay Islands
    Plant:19701060A
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19701060B
    Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/G40/0260
    Plant:19701060B1
    Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/G40/0290