Gardeners’ Chronicle, May 5, 1906
Arthington Worsley


At Fig. 114 we publish a reproduction of a photograph kindly sent us by Mr. James Guttridge, superintendent of the public parks and gardens at Liverpool. Mr. Guttridge has made repeated attempts at the Botanic Gardens to effect a cross between some of the garden forms of Hippeastrum and Crinum Powelli, and the plant illustrated was raised from seed obtained from a flower which had been thus pollinated. It is entirely different in appearance, writes Mr. Guttridge, to any form of Hippeastrum in the whole of the collection, which numbers some 2,000 plants. On an inspection of the flower it appeared to us likely that although an effective cross had probably not been obtained, the nodding appearance of the flowers seemed to indicate that the Crinum pollen had at least some influence on the Hippeastrum. The specimen was forwarded to our correspondent, Mr. A. Worsley, Mandeville House Isleworth, who subsequently wrote us as follows:

"I have examined the flower. The ovaries are abnormal, and the plant probably sterile. It is a form of H. vittatum, a species most commonly used in hybridising, and whose dominant colour-markings still persist in a very large proportion of garden forms in which white is in evidence. I have found that a proportion of garden mongrels revert to the typical markings of vittatum, even when retaining the form and size of their parents. I have a number of cross-bred plants which revert in this way, and every year I throw most of them out, although occasionally a very fine one occurs. I do not think Mr. Guttridge can ever succeed in crossing Hippeastrum with Crinum. I made many attempts ten years ago, and finally abandoned the effort as hopeless. Hippeastrum has never been reconciled with any other genus, not even with its near ally, Sprekelia. Perhaps if some-one would reintroduce the lost "link" Hippeastrum (or Sprekelia) Cybister, we might have a chance of doing something. Mr. Guttridge will find several similar forms (and crosses of H. vittatum figured in Bot. Mag., Bury Hex., and other works.