Crinum from the Greek 'krinon', meaning a lily. Flaccidum from the Latin 'flaccidum', meaning hanging down, flabby, limp, alluding to the flaccid leaves.
Distribution and status
Found in eastern f South Australia, north of the Murray River, growing near inland rivers, often along sandy floodways. Also found in all mainland States. Native. Common in South Australia. Rare in Western Australia and Victoria. Common in the other States.
Herbarium regions: Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Murray
NRM regions: Eyre Peninsula, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)
Bulb ovoid to 10 cm diameter with a shortly-developed neck, not protruding above ground. Leaves few, flaccid, strap-shaped, to 80 cm long and 5 cm wide. Flower-stalk erect, somewhat compressed, to 70 cm high with an umbel of 4–14 large, white or cream, scented flowers. Flowering between February and June. Fruits are globular capsule with a few seeds in each. Seeds are whitish, subglobose seed to 3 cm long, commonly germinating before falling.
Seed collection and propagation
Collect seeds between June and November. Collect mature capsules off the plant or on the ground next to the plant. No cleaning is required if only seeds are collected. However, seeds cannot be stored long term. Seeds are recalcitrant, that is they do not survive drying and freezing and cannot be stored long term for ex-situ conservation. Seeds are recalcitrant and will germinate readily.
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1,000 (5.093 g)