Because my balcony is full of green leaves, the sunlight is relatively insufficient, so there are few plants with bright and big flowers. Amaryllis, or Hippeastrum, is a rare exception.
Note: Hippeastrum is a genus in the family Amaryllidaceae (subfamily Amaryllidoideae, tribe Hippeastreae, and subtribe Hippeastrineae). The name Hippeastrum, given to it by William Herbert, means "knight's star", perhaps because it looks like a medieval weapon. For many years there was confusion among botanists over the generic names Amaryllis and Hippeastrum.
The true Amaryllis is a bulb from South Africa with only few species in the genus (e.g., Amaryllis belladonna). They usually grow outdoors. By contrast, Hippeastrums are from Central and South America with many species and many cultivars in the genus – and these are the flowers commercially sold as indoor flowering bulbs particularly at Christmas in the northern hemisphere.
附註：朱頂紅屬(genus Hippeastrum)歸類於石蒜科(family Amaryllidaceae)的石蒜亞科(subfamily Amaryllidoideae)。朱頂紅屬由威廉‧赫伯特( William Herbert)命名，意思是“騎士(hippeus)之星(astron)”，或許是因為它看起來像是一種中世紀的武器。多年來，植物學家對” 孤挺花(Amaryllis)”和”朱頂紅”的屬名存在混淆。
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