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Glory Lily
Author: Pictured by Liu Guangyu
Update time: 2010-07-16
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glory lily (Gloriosa superba)
(Pictured by Liu Guangyu)
Gloriosa superba is a striking tuberous climbing plant with brilliant wavy-edged yellow and red flowers. There is also a more bushy, yellow-flowered form. The name Gloriosa comes from the word gloriosus, which means handsome and superba form the word superb clearly alluding to the beautiful flowers which appear from November to March.

Gloriosa superba lilies are valued as much for their medicinal uses as for their distinctive, showy and vividly colored blooms. While its unusual climbing habit makes gloriosa superba an eye-catching addition to any home garden, its extreme toxicity requires the most cautious of handling.

Also known as the climbing lily and glory lily, Gloriosa superba is a tender to hardy perennial of the family Colchicaceae. Its name is taken from the Latin "gloriosis," meaning "splendid," perhaps a reference to the gaudy scarlet, yellow or combination colors of the blooms this unassuming tuber yields.
Its bright colors and airy appearance, with six backward-pointing tepals over six slender stamens and a very long pistil, give a glorisoa superba blossom the appearance a hovering butterfly. The tendrils of its 2 to 3 inch bright green lance-shaped leaves add to its ethereal air.

Description from Flora of China

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