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Shedding of leaves at the
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A swollen underground stem, crown or root
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Gloriosa superba

Flower
Family Colchicaceae
Name Gloriosa superba "Rothschildiana"
Common Names Glory lily, Flame lily
Featured Plant August 2004
Etymology
Gloriosa From Latin gloriosa meaning glorious, probably referring to the flower sheaths.
superba From Latin superba meaning proud.

  See also:  Bulbs, Corms & Tubers, Culture / Germination

What a glorious flower! The green buds open to large greenish yellow flowers that gradually grow redder as they mature, through orange, scarlet and then crimson before fading. "Rothschildiana" has a thin yellow band on the outside of the petals and as the petals gradually reflex upwards, they twist slightly, giving a flame-like illusion to the flower, and hence the common name, "Flame Lily". The flowers appear for most of the summer and autumn until the onset of cold weather. It looks stunning during Christmas.

This tender deciduous perennial grows a weak climbing vine in the summer and over-winters as a tuber. In the spring, the V-shapped tuber grows two shoots, each growing into a flowering vine. In late autumn, the vine dies down and grows a new tuber each.

Gloriosa is the national flower of Zimbabwe.

This plant belongs to the autumn crocus (Colchicaceae) family, along with other plants such as Sandersonia. Like all plants in this family, they contain the poison Colchicine. Warning: All parts of this plant, in particular the tubers, are extremely poisonous and ingestion can be fatal. If you suspect you or someone else is poisoned, seek medical aid immediately and tell the doctor the name of this plant and mention Colchicine.



Bud

Opening

Flower

Flower

Flower

Flower

Old Flower

The green buds open to a yellow-orange flower that fades to dark red.

Mature Plant

Flowers on a mature plant.

Seeds

Left: with pulp, right: pulp removed.

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