I stumbled accross a reference to the family Oporanthaceae. Apparently it is a rather archaic name created by Salisbury for rain lilies which he gave as their own family. Of course now we include them in the Amarylidaceae. Certainly these little beauties start doing their thing as soon as the late summer thunderstorms come after a period of drought. I have just started collecting these plants and have assembled a small collection of about 80 clones. I hope to create a complete enumeration of the historic and extant varieties in the form of a checklist. I have mentioned this before on the list and I am thankful to all that have responded to me. If you would like to take part in this effort I extend you the invitation once again. It would be interesting to discover how many clones are still extant. If I had a list of all zephyranthes and habramthus growers i would poll them to discover what is still around. Meanwhile i hope lots of people are enjoying the rain lilies, the lycoris, and soon the colchicums. I even have an Allium or two in bloom.