Crinum x augustum Roxb.

Again an uncertain identification, but probably Crinum x augustum Roxb., a dwarf species with up to 30 leaves to each bulb, to 10cm long, purple-tinged scapes, to 13cm high, bearing umbels of up to 30, long-tubed, funnel-shaped, fragrant, bright rosy-red flowers, white or paler pink inside, striped with pale pink.  [RHSD, Hortus, Baker Am.].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

First botanically described by Roxburgh in 1814 [Roxburgh Hort. Bengal. p.23/1814].

‘This splendid plant is supposed to be a native of Mauritius, from whence it was sent to Dr. Roxburgh at Calcutta; but it may be doubted whether it is indigenous in that island, as no bulbs have since been received from thence.  It is very closely allied to C. amabile.’  [BM t.2397/1823]. 

It is figured in the Botanical Register as Crinum amabile var. augustum.  [BR f.679/1823]. 

Introduced to Europe in 1818.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [B.79/1857].


Published Apr 26, 2009 - 04:34 PM | Last updated Jun 29, 2012 - 01:21 PM

Shown is an umbel of funnel-shaped, bright rosy-red flowers, paler inside. Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2397, 1823.

Crinum augustum Roxb. | BM t.2397/1823 | BHL


More details about Crinum x augustum Roxb.
Family Amaryllidaceae
Region of origin

Mauritius and Seychelles

  • Crinum amabile var. augustum Ker-Gawl.


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Crinum augustum 


Confidence level high