Gloriosa is a genus of tuberous, herbaceous perennials and deciduous comprising five species in the family of colchicaceae. They are distributed in Asia and tropical Africa and adapted to monsoon climates with a dry season in which they lose the aerial part and enter dormancy. Is often called Glorioso lily or lirio escalante .
Gloriosa climbs or joins other plants with the help of their tendrils at the end of their leaves, being able to reach 3 m of height. Red or orange flowers, distinctive due to their pronouncedly reflecting petals. G. rothschildiana is the national flower of Zimbabwe and Rhodesia was also.
The most common cultivated species are G. superba and G. rothschildiana
- English. climbing lily, creeping lily, fire lily, flame lily, gloriosa lily, glory lily
- Maori (Cook islands): rire vaevae-moa, riri vavai-moa, riri vaviā-moa, vavai moa
- Tongarevan (speech): lili vaevae mokola
- Tongarevan (written): riri vaevae mokorā
Description  [add listing], [add a comment] [add listing], [add a personal name, or a quick email address] long stamens, hyphae, anthers extrorse, medium-fixed and versatile, open by longitudinal suture, super ovary, 3-cells, carpels united only by their inner margins, numerous uvules, style deflected at the base and projecting from the flower more or less horizontally; fruit capsule loculicid to with many seeds "(Smith, 1979; pp. 141-142).
"Generally occurs from seeds, although mature plants can be divided and grown from tubers. Hard seeds can stay dormant for 6-9 months." (Narain, 1977, quoted in Csurhes and Edwards, 1998, pp. 164-165).
"Southeast Asia and parts of Malaysia, but now widely cultivated" (Smith, 1979; -142)