Plate 55: C. abyssicum

Figure 55 Fig. 55: Crinum abyssinicum, also a sessile flowered Ornatae member, was first introduced to California by Luther Burbank. Several variants have been collected since. I have three which for genetic distinctions fail to cross, but will outcross with other members of the series. Crinum schimperi, a larger form, is closely allied, as is C. album (ex C. yemense) and the humid tropical C. scabrum and C. zeylanicum. Since C. abysinnicum is a high semi-desert form, it, like C. schimperi, is well adapted to the dry summers of California and is a good breeder. A number of hybrids have viable pollen, like 'Peach Blow', a cross with C. americanum.