Gardeners' Chronicle, p. 410. (1932)

Hippeastrum Akermannii (acramannii)

The Gardeners' Chronicle, p. 357 ( June 8, 1850)
Amaryllis Acramanii.—This beautiful Amaryllis has a bulb very large and round, with rather a long neck. The leaves are pale green, revolute, and tapering to a point; scape two or more flowered, pale glaucous green; flowers very large and spreading; petals long, broad, acuminate, and slightly undulated; deep green at the base, becoming nearly white to about one-half their length, and from the middle to the point of each, of a very fine deep rich scarlet, beautifully lined and reticulated with crimson, extending over the whole except the central stripes, which are white and broad; the sides of the base of each petal are richly marked with deep brownish purple. The stamens are about one-third their length green, the remainder fine bright red; the pistil is similarly coloured. The anthers before bursting are of a rich purple; farina yellow. This magnificent hybrid was raised in 1835 between A. aulica platypetala, and A. psittacina, and flowered March 22, 1839. The above is a copy of the original description of A. Acramanii, which I made at the time of its first flowering. It was named in honour of Mr. E. Acraman, a gentleman of this city. The origin of A. Acramanii pulcherrima, which was shown at the last Chiswick fete, differs from that of A. Acramanii in being a cross between A. aulica and A. Johnsoni, but we were induced to give it the name in consequence of its resemblance to the original A. Acramanii in the size and form of its flowers; but its colours are far more beautiful; indeed, amongst the number of varieties of this truly magnificent tribe which I have had the good fortune to raise, none have yet equalled the one in question in brilliancy of colour and general good qualities.— James Garaway and Co., Bristol.