Outlines of a System of Vegetable Generation

Dr. John Hill, 1758

This plant is a species of AMARYLLIS; it is distinguished from the rest by the drooping position of the filaments, and is a native of the American islands.

Amaryllis Spatha multiflora, corollis campanulatis aequlibus, genitalibus declinatis — Linn. Sp. 293

The root is a bulb: the stalk is naked and a foot high. The leaves are grassy, but of some breadth; the flower is composed of six petals, and has so many filaments with a single style.

The stalk is thick, a little flatted, and hollow: a transverse segment of it represents an elliptic ring, with a large aperture.

In this Nectarium the single course of vessels terminates: and for its use they are plainly ordained by nature.

When a flower of this plant is perfectly open, if we look steadily into it, we shall see near the base of each petal, between that and the filament, a tuft of feathery matter. There are six of these tufts, and they are the parts here treated of: but the filaments, in every view, hide some of them.

I am extremely obliged to Mr. Lee, nurseryman at Hammersmith, who, for the space of six weeks, from the middle of February to the end of March, supplied me almost daily with fresh plants in flower for the experiments.