Plant Genera


Family Code: AMARYL
Genus Code: HYMEN2
Genus CN: spiderlily
Genus Authority: Salisb.
Genus Summary: A genus of about 50 species, from s. North America and the West Indies south to ne. South America. The appropriate systematics and nomenclature of Hymenocallis in se. United States are still unstable and uncertain. Recent publications by Smith and co-workers (e.g. Smith & Garland 1996, 2003; Smith & Flory 1990; Smith & Flory in FNA (2002a) have revolutionized our understanding of southeastern United States Hymenocallis.
Genus Identification: Identification notes: Hymenocallis can be distinguished vegetatively from Crinum by its distichous (vs. spiral) leaf arrangement and leaf margins entire (vs. finely toothed).
Genus References: Smith & Garland (2003)=Z; Meerow & Snijman in Kubitzki (1998a); Smith & Flory in FNA (2002a); Garland, Smith, & Anderson (2013). Key adapted from Smith & Flory in FNA (2002a).
Last Updated: 2019-11-29
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