Catesbæa SpinosaThorny Catesbæa or Lily-Thorn
- Class and Order
- Tetrandria Monogynia
- Generic Character
- Cor. 1-petala, infundibuliformis, longissima, supera. Stamina intra faucem. Bacca polysperma.
- Specific Character and Synonyms
- CATESBÆA spinosa. Linn. Syst. Vegetab, ed. 14. Murr. p. 152. Sp. Pl. p. 159. Ait. Hort. Kew. p. 159
- Frutex spinosus, buxi foliis plurimis simul nascentibus, flore tetrapetaloide pendulo sordide flavo, tubo longissimo, fructu ovali croceo semina parva continente. Catesb. Carol. 2. p. 100. t. 100.
Of this genus there is only one species described by authors, and which Linnæus has named in honour of our countryman Mark Catesby, Author of the Natural History of Carolina."This shrub was discovered by Mr. Catesby, near Nassau-town, in the Island of Providence, where he saw two of them growing, which were all he ever saw; from these he gathered the seeds and brought them to England.
It is more usual with Nurserymen to increase this plant by cuttings.
Our drawing was made from a plant which flowered this Spring, with Mr. Colvill, Nurseryman, King's-Road, Chelsea.