Plate 15: C. augustum Roxburgh
Fig. 15: Crinum augustum Roxburgh. This striking natural
hybrid is from the Seychelles and Mauritius and can best be identified by the
large conical bulb which is near 15 cm. in diameter, while the colored tepals
are 8-10 cm. long by 12-16 mm. wide. The plants are completely sterile.
Modern botanists seem to think all natural hybrids should be shown with
an x, i.e.: C. x agustum. Early botanists all saved ink
by concluding that they had encountered an aborted bud sport.