APHOTOFLORA

An online educational resource and botanical image library dedicated to
the flora; wildflowers, trees, shrubs, ferns, liverworts and mosses, found in
South-West England, mostly around Devon and Cornwall, by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Amaryllis belladonna - Jersey or March Lily (Amaryllidaceae Images)
Jersey or March Lily
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Images taken of cultivated plants that were once part of the NCCPG National Collection of Amaryllis, at The African Garden, Estover, Plymouth, Devon.

The genus Amaryllis is a genus of two species of bulbs from the Western Cape of South Africa, Amaryllis belladonna and Amaryllis paradisicola; and lends its name to the family to which it belongs, the Amaryllidaceae.

Confusion reigns with the name of the genus as in the 18th Century and before many species were lumped into either Amaryllis or Lilio-Narcissus and these include the genera of Hippeastrum, Sprekelia, Nerine, Crinum and Brunsvigia. Amaryllis is still in use as common name for the genus Hippeastrum.

Amaryllis belladonna also has its common names, in the UK, as 'Belladonna Lilies' or 'Jersey Lily', in South Africa as 'The March Lily', in the United States as 'Naked Lady', in Portugal as 'Bordao de Sao Jose (St. Joseph's Staff), as St. Rosalina in Sicily, or St. Rosa or The Madonna Lily in Italy; and sometimes in Spain as 'Meninas Para Escola', translating to 'Girls going to School' and because they bloom in late September at the beginning of the school year, when girls in pink uniforms start attending classes.

The name 'Bordao de Sao Jose or 'St. Joseph's Staff' is the most significant name to me, for I have found that the bulb was most likely imported into Europe by the Portuguese in the 16th Century and probably between 1497 and 1510.

This species is probably more represented in cultivation by its hybrid Amaryllis belladonna 'Purpurea Major'.

For more images of South and Southern African bulbs visit The African Garden website.

APHOTOFLORA supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project works closely with the following bodies and organisations.

Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland BSBI

The Botanical Society of
Britain and Ireland
BSBI is for everyone who cares about the wild plants of Britain & Ireland. Promoting the study, understanding & enjoyment of botany since 1836.

CISFBR or Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders

The CISFBR or Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders is an independent umbrella organisation supporting independent recorders and recording groups in the county of Cornwall.

Cornish Biodiversity Network

The Cornish Biodiversity Network
or CBN is the largest open source wildlife database in Cornwall that sends open source data to the NBN (National Biodiversity Network). It is a new recording system based on the ERICA database, the largest recording resource in Cornwall. The CBN best supports the activities and needs of the independent recording community and recording groups in Cornwall.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education.
"Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

 

Amaryllis belladonna Jersey March Lily Amaryllidaceae Images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the flora of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but a few species may only be determined by observing microscopic differences that are characteristic to any one species.