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Crinum zeylanicum  L.


Botanical Name


Crinum zeylanicum L.

English Name


Milk-and-wine lily



Crinum kirkii Baker, Crinum ornatum (L.f. ex Aiton) Bury, Crinum politifolium R.Wahlstr.





General Info


A herb up to 120 cm tall, bulb 6—20 cm in diameter, false stem up to 15 cm long. Leaves 9—12, elliptical, 20—70 cm x 2.5—7.5 cm, mostly prostrate, margin long undulate, scabrous. Umbel 6—15-flowered, scape 25—60 cm long, bracts 6—9 cm x 2—3 cm, purplish. Flowers fragrant, corolla tube 10—14 cm long, more or less pendulous, lobes lanceolate, 8—13 cm x 2.5—3 cm, white with pink bands, stamens declinate, filaments 6—8 cm long, curved suddenly upwards at apex, white, anthers purplish, turning black, style 16—20 cm long. Capsule subglobose, 2—5 cm in diameter, beaked, pericarp leathery, purplish, turning yellow.

Herb Effects

Rubefacient (bulb)


PROSEA (Plant Resources of South-East Asia) Foundation



Medicinal Use

Used in rheumatism (bulb); externally applied to injuries and ulcers (leaves); for relieving earache (leaf juice).



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