Spider-Lilly (Hymenocallis pedalis): Amaryllidaceae
Spider lillies are often grouped in the genus Hymenocallis which comprises about 30 to 40 species. This particular species is native to northern South America. Its got fragrent flowers and a very attractive blossom. This lily has stamens emerging out of a unified staminal cup at the base of the flower, but seperate from the corolla
Some Spider lilies are used medicinally.For example H. littoralis contains substances in the bulbs which are being tested for use against cancer and human viral infections.
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Text by Rob Nelson