Giant Spider Lily
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Giant Spider Lily
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Giant Spider Lily • Hindi: नागदमनी Nagadamani, सुखदर्शन Sukhdarshan • Manipuri: ꯃꯣꯗꯣꯂꯩ Modo lei • Tamil: விஷமூங்கில் Visamungil • Malayalam: Pulattali
Botanical name: Crinum x amabile     Family: Amaryllidaceae (Nargis family)

Giant spider lily is an imposing flower, whose presence cannot be ignored in any garden. It is a hybrid between Crinum asiaticum and Crinum zeylanicum. Dark green strap-like leaves may be more than 3 feet long by 4 inches wide. Flowers are shaped like tubes that flair open into a crown of narrow petals. The petals are white with a pink longitudinal stripe on the underside. Red and pink fragrant flowers sit atop a succulent, cylindrical flower stalk that is 1 to 3 feet tall. A 6-inch-long floral tube bears 6 petals and sepals, and rosy stamens from the throat of this tube. These striking, fragrant flowers appear most abundantly in the spring, summer and fall seasons of the year. Giant Spider Lily is native to India.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in cultivation in Delhi & Imphal.

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