Amaryllis/ xAmarygia

Sun, 04 Jan 2004 23:18:58 PST
Hi Brian,

I writing  off-line so I dont know if  your question has been already 
answered.  The term Amarygia  was  created by Les Hannibal for the 
intergeneric Brunsvigia x  Amaryllis belladonna  hybrids.  These  
hybrids were known in the UK as Brunsdonna's - the name given by A. 
Worsley about 90 years ago.  However, only Les Hannibal's  name conforms 
to botanical nomenclature - where both  genus names  in abbreviated form 
are used to create the new bi-generic name for the hybrids.  In the UK, 
Amaryllis belladonna 'Parkeri'  was the name given to a white flowered  
Amaryllis (Amarygia) - that  was created  and introduced by  Lady 
Parkeri, one of William Macarthurs daughters who was shown how to make 
the Amarygia hybrids by John Crane Bidwell in 1841 at the Macarthurs 
Camden Park Estate near Sydney Australia.
In  Australia these hybrids  were initially named  Brunsvigia multiflora 
hybrids, as this was the Brunsvigia species that Bidwell used to make 
the first crosses.  It later became known in the nursery trade in 
Australia as Amaryllis multiflora 'alba'.
Getting back to the UK - they have been known  there as  both Brunsdonna 
'Parkeri' and Amaryllis belladonna 'parkeri' but the correct name is 
Amarygia Parkeri.


Jim Lykos

Brian Whyer wrote:

>I have a Dutch list that has an entry
>AMARYGIA (Amaryllis) parkeri  'Alba' (belladonna 'Alba')
>Is their confusion in the trade on this/these? Is it the same plant as I
>bought last year as Amaryllis belladonna 'Alba' do you think?
>Brian Whyer, zone 8'ish, Buckinghamshire, England
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