Gardeners’ Chronicle p. 4 (December 3, 1932)

Arthington Worsley


BULBS under this name were sent to me from Australia in January, 1931, with the request, "Correct name wanted." One of these flowered in September and October, 1932. It is an Amaryllis or Brunsdonna, but is doubtfully to be included under B. Parkeri. It may be one of the hybrids raised by Bidwell,* at Sidney, eighty years since. He used more than one species of Brunsvigia in his hybridisations.

The scape carried seven flowers but, instead of expanding as an umbel, the inclination is to expand single flowers at intervals of about three weeks, although it seems probable that some of the latest buds to expand may do so at shorter intervals of time. The individual flowers last in beauty for about three weeks, and are of the same span and width of segment as in B. Parkeri var. alba, but the limb is an inch longer, and this gives the flowers a more star-shaped appearance. They are quite white, with a yellowish base, slightly perfumed and sparkling. If, as seems probable, this plant proves to be more floriferous in British gardens than is B. Parkeri, it will be a valuable addition to collections of Amarylliae, especially in the lasting character of its flowers.

B. Parkeri var. alba having been fully described in your pages, I now give some points in which this bulb varies from B. P. var. alba.

The valves of the spathe are green, and by no means turning deciduous during the flowering period, are two-and-a-half inches long by over one inch wide, clasping the flower pedicels firmly, and enclosing some six bracteoles.

The filaments are irregularly disposed and, in some flowers, are spreading; the stamens end in two distinct ranks, both much shorter than the limb. The capsule appears more distinctly angled than in B. Parkeri. The ovules are carried from four or five to ten in each row, irregularly disposed along the lower half of the placenta, and are sessile and spherical. Fruit and seeds unknown.

The poise of the flowers is sub-erect, and they all face in one direction as in Amaryllis Belladonna, and their pedicels are at flowering time only half the length of those of B. Parkeri.

The bulb would pass for that of B. Parkeri, but the foliage resembles that of Amaryllis.