Island, Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Benin, Borneo, Botswana,
Burkina, Burundi, Cabinda, Cambodia, Cameroon, Caprivi
Strip, Central African Republic, Chad, China South-Central,
Congo, East Himalaya, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon,
Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Island, India,
Ivory Coast, Java, Kenya, Laccadive Island, Laos, Lesser
Sunda Island, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaya, Maldives,
Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda,
Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan,
Sulawesi + Sumatera; Indonesia, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo,
Uganda, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Zambia, Za´re, Zimbabwe
||Red / Yellow
Lily, Gloriosa Lily, Climbing Lily, Flame Lily, Tiger Claw
be: Gloriosa superba, L. 1753.
Eugone superba, Salisb.
Gloriosa angulata, Schumach.
Gloriosa cirrhifolia, Stokes.
Gloriosa doniana, Schult. & Schult.f.
Gloriosa nepalensis, G.Don.
Gloriosa rockefelleriana, StehlÚ & M.StehlÚ.
Gloriosa verschuurii, Hoog.
Methonica doniana, Kunth.
Methonica gloriosa, Salisb.
Methonica superba, .
This member of the Colchicaceae family was given this name by
James O'Brien in 1903. It is found
in subtropical Africa and southern Asia, growing in a well drained
but rather rich soil with
quite some water and some to lots of sun. The rhizomes can grow to
centimetres in diameter and twelve long, the entire plant climb to
120 centimetres in
flowers are red and yellow.
The genera mane means 'famous' or
'glorious', rearing to the flower. The species is named after Baron Z.W. Rothschild, who brought it back to England in 1901.
This lovely flower is the
national flower of Zimbabwe and was used as a symbol of the Tamil
Tigers in Sri Lanka.