Zantedeschia is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the family Araceae, native to southern Africa from South Africa north to Malawi. The name of the genus was given as a tribute to Italian botanist Giovanni Zantedeschi (1773–1846) by the German botanist Kurt Sprengel (1766–1833).

The Zantedeschia are rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plants growing to 1-2.5 m tall with leaves 15–45 cm long. The inflorescence is a showy white, yellow or pink spathe shaped like a funnel with a yellow, central, finger-like spadix.

The Zantedeschia species are poisonous due to the presence of calcium oxalate. “All parts of the plant are toxic, and produce irritation and swelling of the mouth and throat, acute vomiting and diarrhea.” However leaves are sometimes cooked and eaten. (info: Wikipedia)
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  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinalmost 3 years ago

    fabulous backdrop to emphasis this beautiful photo, Liz

  • Thanks very much Sally!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 3 years ago

    what a fab close up shot Elizabeth of this beautiful lily flower…we have these in our garden :)

  • Me too! Thanks for the fav and kind comment Linda!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful, a favourite for any garden!

  • Thanks for the fav Maree, enjoy yours! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnalmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much Dave, also for the fav!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Oupoot
    Oupootalmost 3 years ago

    Baie mooi ek hou van die absolute wit wat deur die agtergrond beklemtoon word.

  • Baie dankie Morne! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 3 years ago

    These are such stunning flowers Elizabeth, beautifully captured.

  • Thanks so much Andrea!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Thanks mom, also for adding it to your favourites!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    2 Images per day 2012/01/23
    So mooi!

  • Baie dankie Magriet!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • ajay2011
    ajay2011almost 3 years ago

    congratulations on your superb post

  • Thanks so much Ajay!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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