ifafa lily, noun phrase

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Frequently with initial capital(s).
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Named for the Ifafa river, in KwaZulu-Natal; see quotation 1975.
Any of several species of plant of the genus Cyrtanthus (family Amaryllidaceae) with umbels of white, yellow or reddish flowers, especially C. mackenii. See also fire lily.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 223Ifafa Lily, The name given in the Transkeian territories to Cyrtanthus lutescens, Herb.
1934 Friend 15 Mar. (Swart)Ifafa lilies (Kaffir lilies) with their scarlet, yellow and white spikes or blooms are particularly pleasing subjects in the early spring.
1946 K.C. Stanford in Farmer’s Weekly 30 Oct. 48The cream Ifafa lilies..begin to bloom about the same time.
1962 S. Eliovson Discovering Wild Flowers in Sn Afr. 160Cyrtanthus o’brienii...The graceful drooping flowers of the Red Ifafa Lily appear in August and September...The well-known Ifafa Lily (C. mackenii) is similar in appearance, but has white, pink or apricot flowers, while there is also a yellow variety.
c1968 S. Candy Natal Coast Gardening 71Ifafa lily must be guarded against attack from the black-and-yellow Amaryllis caterpillar at all times.
1975 J.M. Gibson Wild Flowers of Natal 15Found in damp places near the Ifafa lagoon, there used to be large colonies of Ifafa lilies.
1982 W.G. Sheat A-Z of Gardening 91The ifafa lily..bears spring umbels ranging from white through cream to yellow, apricot and on to deep red.
Any of several species of plant of the genus Cyrtanthus (family Amaryllidaceae) with umbels of white, yellow or reddish flowers, especially C. mackenii.
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