An amaryllis family puzzle

Judy Glattstein via pbs
Fri, 19 Jun 2020 18:36:43 PDT
Where, geographically, is the garden in question located? Makes a 
difference with in-ground hardiness if the deer are in New Jersey (with 
cold winters) or if they are somewhere in the Southeast (with milder 

Judy in New Jersey where, as you can see with this recent image taken 
out a window, we definitely have deer

On 6/19/2020 8:16 PM, David Pilling via pbs wrote:
> Hi,
> We got the following question mailed to the PBS website. I will 
> forward any replies to the list to the person who asked.
> "
> Are there any other plants in the Amaryllis family other than Clivia 
> spp that have distichous basal leaves?
> I am trying to determine the identity of a liliaceous plant in our 
> garden with distichous basal leaves in a very tight arrangement. The 
> leaves are strap-shaped, recurved distally, and about 1 foot long.  
> The bulb (?) sent up a stem with a few bracts near the top that was 
> about 2 or 3 ft high. The stem formed 2 short branches at the top, 
> each of which bore 2 or 3 upright, almost sessile, yellowish flower 
> buds about an inch long.   These flower buds were about to open when 
> they were completely eaten by deer. so I cannot give you any details 
> about the interior of the flower (number of stamens, whether ovary was 
> superior or inferior, etc).   I believe the plant is quite unusual and 
> probably very beautiful if allowed to flower.   Thank you for any 
> light you can shed on this question.  Sincerely,   William
> "
> 'distichous' means "(of parts) arranged alternately in two opposite 
> vertical rows"

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