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Phycella herbertianum Lindl.

Bulbous perennial with bright red flowers with a long tube and narrow segments, borne on 4-6 flowered umbels contemporary with the 3-4 narrow, strap-shaped leaves.  [Baker Am.].

Horticultural & Botanical History

First botanically described by John Lindley in 1831 as Phycella herbertianum: ‘A native of Cumbre, a pass in the Andes between Valparaiso and Santiago, where it was found by Mr. M'Rae, in November 1825, flowering in company with many other curious and beautiful plant.  It appears, from his specimens, to have vegetated in a deep black soil, and to have had its bulbs buried at least four or five inches below the surface.  Brought to the Garden of the Horticultural Society, it flowered in the Greenhouse in May 1827, at which time our drawing was made.’  [BR t.1341/1831].

Introduced to Britain in 1825.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

A desideratum to Loddiges’ Nursery on 6th January 1845.  [MP A2933-2, p.28].  Listed as Phycella herbertii in the 1836 Loddiges’ Nursery catalogue, a copy of which is held at Camden Park [CPA], and this is presumably where Macarthur obtained his information.  I have found no further record of this plant and it may not have been grown in the gardens.


Published May 15, 2009 - 04:18 PM | Last updated Jul 13, 2012 - 01:38 PM

illustrated are bulb, leaves and narrowly trumpet-shaped bright red flowers.  Botanical Register t.1341, 1831.

Phycella herbertianum Lindl. | BR t.1341/1831 | BHL


Family Amaryllidaceae
Region of origin

South America

  • Phycella graciliflorum Herb.
  • Amaryllis herbertiana (Lindl.) Traub & Uphof
  • Amaryllis gladioloides (Hieron.) Traub & Uphof
  • Estephia herbertiana (Lindl.) D.Dietr.
  • Famatina herbertiana (Lindl.) Ravenna
  • Famatina maulensis Ravenna
  • Habranthus gladioloides Hieron.
  • Hippeastrum herbertianum (Lindl.) Baker
  • Hippeastrum gladioloides (Hieron.) Pax
  • Hippeastrum herbertiana (Lindl.) Baker
  • Rhodophiala herbertiana (Lindl.) Hunz.
  • Rhodophiala gladioloides (Hieron.) Traub


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Phycella Herbertii 


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