Glabrous herbs with coated bulbs, narrow leaves, and erect i-flowered scapes, the flower large, erect, pink, white or purple. Perianth funnelform, naked in the throat, with 6 membranous equal erect-spreading lobes united below into a tube, subtended by an entire or 2-cleft bract. Stamens inserted on the throat of the perianth, equal or nearly so; anthers versatile. Ovary 3-celled; style long, filiform, 3-cleft at the summit; ovules numerous, in 2 rows in each cavity of the ovary. Capsule thin-walled, subglobose or depressed, 3-lobed loculi-cidally 3-valved. Seeds mostly flattened, black or nearly so. [Greek, signifying wind-flower.]

About 30 species, natives of America. Besides the following, 5 others occur in the southern United States. Type species: Amaryllis Atamasco L.

1. Atamosco Atamasco (L.) Greene. Atamasco Lily. Stagger-Grass

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Amaryllis Atamasco L. Sp. PI. 292. 1753. Zephyranthes Atamasco Herb. App. Bot. Reg. 36. 1821. Atamosco Atamasco Greene, Pittonia 3: 187. 1897.

Bulb ovoid, about 1' long. Leaves fleshy, somewhat concave, shining, 6'-15' long, about l 1/2"-3" wide, blunt, usually shorter than the scape; scape terete, erect, 2"-3" in diameter; bract membranous, 2-cleft into acuminate lobes, longer than the ovary; flowers 2'-3 1/2' high, white with a purplish tinge or sometimes light purple; perianth-segments oblong-lanceolate, acute, shorter than the tube; stamens shorter than the perianth; style longer than the stamens; capsule depressed, about 1/2" high.

In moist places, southern Pennsylvania to eastern Virginia, Florida and Alabama. Perianth rarely 8-lobed. Swamp-, Fairy- or Easter-lily. March-June.

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