Amaryllis regina

Augustin De Candolle wrote the descriptions for the first four volumes of Redouté's Les Liliacées. Regarding Amaryllis regina he wrote "Au milieu du brillant genre des Amaryllis, cette espéce se fait remarkuer par la beauté de sa fleur qui est très-grande et d'un beau rouge ponceau,"—a beautiful clear rose.

Linn. fil. distinguished Amaryllis reginae by its shorter tube, a feature Linnaeus did not mention. Rather, Linnaeus noted that the petals of this species were not recurved at the base. This plate may be the Lilium Reginae of Douglas, but I am not certain. Philip Miller described the color of that flower as copper inclining to red.

Redoute's plate does not agree with Amaryllis reginae of the younger Linné, which was referred to the West Indische rothe Lilie of Seligmann (left). The plant designated by Linnaeus in 1759 (Systema Naturae ed. 10) was apparently the Cape Belladonna (right).

Linnaeus spelled the name "reginae", following Douglas's Lilium reginae. Miller, however, misread the name as "regina". This spelling was then copied in Les Liliacées.


Boris (?) photographed a plant in the mountains of southwest Mexico that agrees fairly well with Redouté's.