Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Red Spider Lily - Lycoris radiata   (L'Heritier) Herbert
Members of Amaryllidaceae:
Only member of Lycoris in NC.
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Section 5 » Order Liliales » Family Amaryllidaceae
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Author(L'Heritier) Herbert
DistributionKnown as escapes from Guilford, Mecklenburg, and Moore counties, all in the Piedmont. A collection from Orange County was from a garden.

Native of China; scattered records in N.A.
AbundanceVery rare. The Moore County population had 10 stems.
HabitatYard weed, old field near road, roadside near old shed.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting September-October.
IdentificationThis is a very handsome plant, with several large red flowers in an umbel atop a hollow stem. Each flower is cut into 6 narrow segments, with long red stamens projecting well beyond.
Taxonomic CommentsWeakley (2020) treats two varieties: var. radiata rare in all 3 provinces; and var. pumila rare in the Piedmont. Website editors have seen specimens only from 3 counties and none were identified to variety and none from the Mountains or Coastal Plain. Thus we lump them both for now.

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BA SorrieNear disused old shed, Old Howard Mill Road S of Randolph Co. line. 1 Oct 2020. MooreOther_non_natural
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