Crinum scabro-Macleayi no.1

 Crinum zeylanicum L. x Crinum Macleayi hybrid.  The latter is unidentified but is probably a form of one of the native Australian species, Crinum flaccidum Herb. or Crinum pedunculatum R.Br.

In 1845 and 1846 William Macarthur described ten Crinum scabro-macleayii hybrids in his gardening notebooks.  [MP A2948 Notebook no.4, p.4].

No.1.  Bulb round without a column.  Leaves pale green, 12-14 in number, 3 feet long (3½ feet in 1846), 2-2½ inches broad, nearly recumbent.  Scape 2 feet long, green with a little purple.  Flowers 10-12 (in 1846), 6 inches in diameter.  [Word unclear but probably] Ovaries green, hardly pedunculated, tubes 3 inches, petals nearly ovate in form (1846, petals longish), from 3-3½ inches long, 1-1¼ inches wide, pure white with a stripe of rosy pink down the centre, inside delicately pencilled off to a point with the tips [this part unclear].  Stamens white, stigma purple, one inch longer than the stamens and the same length as the petals, the whole grouped as in C. scabrum.  Pollen and anthers white.

Horticultural & Botanical History

Probably hybridised at Camden Park by John Bidwill but William Macarthur may also have played a role.

History at Camden Park

Crinum scabro-Macleayi was listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857catalogues [B.92/1845] without any further information. 


Published May 04, 2009 - 05:24 PM | Last updated Jul 04, 2012 - 04:32 PM

More details about Crinum scabro-Macleayi no.1
Family Amaryllidaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, probably Camden Park

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Crinum scabro-Macleayi

Confidence level high