Eucharis grandiflora, alias Amazon lily

The flowers look at the earth, not at the sky. They want you on your knees to enjoy their pure whiteness, green throat and lovely fragrance.
As long as it rains, this lily feels comfortable. It loves high humidity. Over the years it has been multiplying bulbs, producing a large clump of dark green shiny leaves and ever more flowers.
But the past dry season was relentless. The trees that provided shadow shriveled up, exposing the Eucharis to the scorching sun. The plants withered and vanished. Hopes are that the rainy season will revive the elegant Eucharis.

May 2016, by Karolien Bais



Plants can be equally striking for their smell or stench, their stubbornness or benevolence, their secrecy or exuberance. Whatever their features, they can make my day.
Here are some of my doozies.

Couroupita guianensis, alias cannonball tree

Amherstia nobilis, alias Pride of Burma

Dendrobium crumenatum, alias pigeon orchid

Gloriosa superba, alias juju lily

Eucharis grandiflora, alias Amazon lily

Murraya koenigii, alias curry leaf

Scadoxus multiflorus, alias blood lily

Rothmannia longiflora, alias ivory trumpet

Furcraea selloa, alias false agave

Tacca chantrieri, alias bat flower

Bauhinia pottsii, alias orchid tree