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Crinum moorei



Scientific name:Crinum moorei  

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Common Names: Natal lily, Moore's crinum, Ngomi lily, Inanda lily (Eng.); boslelie, Natallelie, Ngomilelie, rivierlelie (Afr.); umnduze (Zulu)

Dicoma capensis

Crinum moorei flowers and leaves

Description: The large perennial bulb (up to 200 mm in diameter) of Crinum moorei rests just under the surface of the soil but has a an elongate neck which protrudes a further 200-300 mm above ground. According to the Red List of South African Plants, Crinum moorei is Vulnerable (VU). Its wild population is decreasing, and has declined by at least 20% over the past 70 years.

Leaves  are flat, dark green, soft textured, up to 1 m long and about 200 mm wide with a distinct midrib.

Flowers: are 5-10, large, open, and white to pale pink and are produced on a 1.2 m long flowering stalk.

Flowering time: September to January

Uses: C. moorei is used in traditional medicine for urinary tract infections and to treat cattle. The bulbs are also used by traditional healers to cleanse the blood, treat infected sores and even acne.

Propagation: Scorches or offsets


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