Clinanthus incarnatus (Kunth) Meerow

Bulbous perennial with umbels of up to 6 pendant, tubular, white, yellow, pink or scarlet flowers produced in spring, the strap-shaped leaves produced with the flowers but elongating to 75cm after flowering.  To 60cm.  [RHSE, Baker Am.].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

First botanically described by Kunth in 1816 as Pancratium incarnatum [Nov. Gen. Sp. vol.1, p.280/1816]. Placed in Clinanthus by Meerow in 2000 [Syst. Bot. vol.25, p.723/2000].

The plant figured in the Ornamental Flower Garden had ‘flowers of a brilliant glossy orangey-salmon colour.’  [OFG f.196/1854].  Stenomesson variegatum var. acutum Bak., synonym Coburgia acutum Herb., differs from the species in having flowers with a very narrow perianth tube.  [Baker Am.].  Coburghia incarnata was introduced to Britain in 1826.  [JD].  Herbert plate 47/1837.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845 catalogue only.


Published May 27, 2009 - 05:12 PM | Last updated Aug 10, 2012 - 04:57 PM

The figure is a line drawing showing several bulbs including a flower of Cobughia incarnata.  Herbert plate 402, 1837.

Clinanthus incarnatus (Kunth) Meerow | Herbert plate 402 as Coburgia incarnata | CSIRO Black Mountain Library, Canberra


More details about Clinanthus incarnatus (Kunth) Meerow
Family Amaryllidaceae
Region of origin

South America

  • Coburgia acuta Herb.
  • Chrysiphiala trichroma (Cerv.) Schult. & Schult.f.
  • Coburgia acuta Herb.
  • Coburgia incarnata (Kunth) Sweet
  • Coburgia quitensis (Schult.) Roem.
  • Coburgia splendens Herb.
  • Coburgia trichroma (Cerv.) Herb.
  • Coburgia versicolor Herb.
  • Pancratium incarnatum Kunth
  • Pancratium quitense Willd. ex Schult. & Schult.f.  WCSP
  • Pancratium trichromum Cerv.
  • Stenomesson acutum (Herb.) Baker
  • Stenomesson incarnatum (Kunth)
  • Stenomesson splendens (Herb.) Ravenna
  • Stenomesson trichromum (Cerv.) Ravenna


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Coburghia acuta 


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