This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(Greek, beautiful prison; referring to the spathe inclosing the flowers). Written also Cali-phuria. Amaryllidaceae. Tender bulbs.
Distinguished from Eucharis by the stamens, the filaments being petaloid, with 3 large linear teeth on top, the middle one bearing the anther. The flowers appear with the leaves; perianth funnel-shaped, spreading upward; stamens inserted at the throat of the tube: caps, tardily splitting. - Three species from Colombia.
Calliphrurias are warmhouse plants and should be grown in a rich soil of loam, peat or leaf-mold and sand. Propagated by offsets.
Hartwegiana, Herb. Bulb ovoid, 1 in. thick, stolon-iferous, with brown membranous tunics: leaves bright green, firmer and more closely veined than in Eucharis, with an oblong-acute blade 4-5 in. long, 2 in. broad, narrowed into a petiole, which is flat above and round beneath: scape slender, 1 ft. long; flowers 6-8, in an umbel, white; perianth 1 in. long and wide. Andes of Bogota. - B.M. 6259. B.R. 30, p. 87, desc. introduced in 1889 by Reasoner.
C. subedenlata, Baker=Eucharis subedentata.