This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A good specimen of Raphis flabelliformis, in my collection, is at present in flower, showing a strong branching spike from the axil of the fourth leaf from the apex of the plant. The main stem of the specimen, that showing flower, is about five feet high, and surrounded by eleven offsets of various sizes. B. S. Williams, in his "Choice Store and Green-house Plants, " says this species is not known to have flowered in England, hence the fact of its flowering under green-house culture may be a phenomenon of sufficient rarity to merit being put on record.