This is a tender bulb, and not of very easy treatment, so as to secure any constancy in its flowering; but it was in extreme beauty and luxuriance, in Mr. Harrison's collection, at the time this drawing was made, June 1826.
The Knight's star in the centre of the flower, is very conspicuous, when viewed in full front; the mouth of the tube is fringed with light-coloured hairs; the middle lower petal is narrower, the rest of nearly equal breadth, gracefully undulated, and slightly reticulated; the style and filaments red, greenish towards the base; anthers yellow, and small in proportion to the flower; flower-stem round and glaucous; leaves thick and tough, channelled, from twelve to fourteen inches long, and one to one and a half inch broad, of rather a dark yellow green, veins indistinct. Native of the West Indies, as well as the smaller variety, which is figured in Curtis's Magazine, No. 305, and said to be much more common. The degree of obliquity of the flowers and pedicles varies extremely, according to the state of expansion of the flowers, and their greater or less exposure to the influence of the sun; their angle can be no certain mark of distinction, though it has been considered one.