from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An amaryllis of tropical America (Hippeastrum puniceum) often cultivated as a houseplant for its showy white to red flowers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants, belonging to the natural order Amaryllidaceæ, tribe Amarylleæ, and type of Kunth's subtribe Hippeastreæ.
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- n. amaryllis of tropical America often cultivated as a houseplant for its showy white to red flowers
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Amaryllis their botanical name Hippeastrum has never caught on, have now stolen the show from poinsettias as our favourite Christmas plant - and I say thank goodness.
Among genera we find some -- such as Hippeastrum, Crinum,
Jonathan Singer in front of his photograph of a Hippeastrum ‘Toscana,’ a new hybrid amaryllis.
_ Amaryllis (_Hippeastrum_) is altogether too little known in its modern varieties.
In the genus Hippeastrum, in Corydalis as shown by Professor Hildebrand, in various orchids as shown by Mr. Scott and Fritz Müller, all the individuals are in this peculiar condition.
We are reminded by this latter fact of the extraordinary cases of Hippeastrum, Passiflora, &c., which seed much more freely when fertilised with the pollen of a distinct species, than when fertilised with pollen from the same plant.
What use is it to succeed in hybridizing a Hippeastrum procera with a Pancratium Amancaes, after over six hundred attempts in ten years, and then spend three years a-hand-nursing the seedlings, and then your master won't take enough interest in the thing to pay your fare up to London to the exhibition with 'em?
All the species of the genus Hippeastrum produce hybrid offspring which are invariably fertile.
This result has, also, been confirmed by other observers in the case of Hippeastrum with its sub-genera, and in the case of some other genera, as Lobelia, Passiflora and Verbascum.
We are reminded by this latter fact of the extraordinary case of Hippeastrum, Lobelia, etc., which seeded much more freely when fertilised with the pollen of distinct species, than when self-fertilised with their own pollen.