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Photo by Mariano Saviello,

The bulbs by Valentino Valliceli,

Author: Johan Van Scheepen, 1997
Origin:  Southern Brazil
Soil:  Rich - Epiphytic
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  5 Centimetres
Height:  30 (50) Centimetres
Flower:  Greenish-Yellow / Purplish-Brown
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Butterfly Amaryllis
Synonyms:  Amaryllis papilio, Pedro Felix Ravenna, 1970

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by Johan Van Scheepen in 1997. It is found in the rainforest of southern Brazil, growing in a rich soil and as an epiphyte with lots water and some sun. The bulb can grow to five centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 30 centimetres in height, 50 with the flower. The flowers are greenish yellow with purplish-brown nerves.

The name Hippeastrum is a combination of the Greek word hippeus 'horse' and astron 'star', which means 'horseman's star' or 'knight's star', as the flowers have a star-like shape. The species name referring to the butterfly-like flowers.