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Seashore and Beach Plants

Crinum asiaticum Giant Crinum Lily Bakung Amaryllidaceae

 

 Giant Crinum Lily, bakung, Crinum asiaticum

 

Crinum asiaticum

 Giant Crinum Lily, bakung, Crinum asiaticum

The Crinum Lily grows on sandy seashores or in the back mangrove.
A very large lily, it grows from an underground bulb.
The lower leaves form a stout pseudo-stem from which the leaves emerge in a rosette.
The leaves can grow up to 2m long.
The flowers are delightfully scented.
The fruit is a globe which turns shiny white when ripe then splits open
to reveal irregularly shaped seeds. The plant is poisonous.
Traditional medicinal uses: It is used as a poultice for aches, sores and chaps.
Crushed leaves are used to treat piles, mixed with honey and applied to wounds and abscesses.

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