Asian poison bulb

Crinum asiaticum (Amaryllidaceae)

Characteristics

Perennial herb, up to 1 m tall. Leaf base formed pseudobulb. Leaves lanceolate, up to 1 m long and 7-12 cm wide. Aromatic, white inflorescence.

Distribution

Native to Indian Ocean Islands, East Asia, Tropical Asia, Australia and Pacific Islands. It is regarded as naturalized in Mexico, Florida and Madagascar. It is widely planted in many warmer regions as an ornamental.

Natural Medical Properties

No known.

Did you know?

All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested, especially the bulb. Eaten by mistake can cause various symptoms like vomiting, abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, nervous system paralysis and death.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species