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In comparison with such competition, it is hardly surprising that the smaller, quietly coloured and relatively odourless species of Arisarum take second place. This is a great pity since this small genus of three species has much to offer both the horticulturist and botanist.

A research programme on Lachenalia was initiated in the early 1960’s at the Vegetable and Ornamental Plant Institute (in South Africa). Originally the aim was to develop new hybrids for commercial pot plant production. These are what has been provided so far.

This is the original by WORSLEY and printed in 1896. It is still amazing that the discussion is going on about Hippeastrums and Amaryllis. 125 years is far too long for this to be going on. They are Hippeastrums!

This is the original by R. Baker and printed in 1888. Handbook of the Amaryllideae, J. G. BAKER, F.E.S., F.L.S., First-assistant in the herbarium of the Royal Gardens, Kew.

Daubenya Lindl. was until recently thought to comprise the single species Daubenya aurea Lindl. but is now considered to include the monotypic genera Androsiphon Schltr. and Amphisiphon W.F.Barker. as well as the species previously referred to the genus Neobakeria Schltr.