Ismene amancaes

Jacob Knecht
Mon, 05 Jul 2010 08:38:35 PDT
Thank you so much Judy for the wonderful information, it should be added to
our wiki.


On 5 July 2010 07:37, Judy Glattstein <> wrote:

> From my research notes for "Bulbs for Garden Habitats"
> Amancaes
> In 1835, on July 19th Charles Darwin made note in his journal, of fields of
> amancaes flowering on the desert coastal hills of Peru: “On the hills near
> Lima, at a height but little greater, the ground is carpeted with moss, and
> beds of beautiful yellow lilies, called Amancaes. This indicates a very much
> greater degree of humidity, than at a corresponding height at Iquique.”
> Official emblem of the city of Lima, amancaes used to be found growing wild
> on the banks of the Rimac River that flows through the city. Though there is
> a district of Lima still known as Pampas of Amancaes, the places where this
> flower was once so numerous are now nothing but buildings and city streets.
> Club Floralíes de Lima is an organization dedicated to bringing it back.
> They have created a preserve called Pachacámac, on land outside of Lima
> owned/donated by the Lima Cement Company where this and other native plants
> are being reintroduced.
> and
> My brother, an tenured professor of anthropology who did his doctoral
> research in a village above Cuzco (and who speaks both Quechua and Amara)
> told me of a song, a vals criollo that mentions H. amancaes. The lyrics,
> approximately, go like this:
> Elegantly dressed in traditional style, wearing a poncho of white linen,
> Jose Antonio is an accomplished horseman, showing fine mastery riding his
> horse.
> Why, asks the woman, why did he leave her, hoping that when he returns
> to see the amancay in bloom he will sweep her up on his horse.
> Judy
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