Crinum asiaticum L.

Last updated: 07 May 2015

Scientific Name

Crinum asiaticum L.


Amaryllis carnosa Hook.f., Bulbine asiatica (L.) Gaertn., Crinum albiflorum Noronha [Invalid], Crinum angustifolium Herb. ex Steud. [Invalid], Crinum anomalum Herb., Crinum bancanum Kurz, Crinum bracteatum Willd., Crinum brevifolium Roxb., Crinum carinifolium Stokes, Crinum cortifolium Hallier f., Crinum declinatum Herb., Crinum floridum Fraser ex Herb. [Illegitimate], Crinum hornemannianum M.Roem., Crinum macrantherum Engl., Crinum macrocarpum Carey ex Kunth, Crinum macrophyllum Hallier f., Crinum northianum Baker, Crinum plicatum Livingstone ex Hook., Crinum procerum Herb. & Carey, Crinum redouteanum M.Roem., Crinum rigidum Herb., Crinum rumphii Merr., Crinum sumatranum Roxb., Crinum toxicarium Roxb., Crinum umbellatum Carey ex Herb., Crinum woolliamsii L.S.Hannibal, Crinum zanthophyllum Hannibal, Haemanthus pubescens Blanco [Illegitimate], Lilium pendulum Noronha [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Bakong, bawang hutan (General) [2][3]
English Crinum lily, poison bulb [2], giant crinum lily, grand crinum, poison bulb [3]
China Wen zhu lan [3]
India Cindar, nagadamani (Hindi); nagadamani (Sanskrit) [3]
Indonesia Bakung (General); kajang-kajang (Palembang); fete-fete (Ternate) [2][3]
Thailand Phlapphueng (Central); lilua (Northern) [2][3]
Philippines Bakong (General); agabahan (Bisaya); biliba (Subanun) [2]
Vietnam N[as]ng hoa tr[aws]ng, t[or]i voi, l[as] n[as]ng [2] [3]
Japan Hama-Omoto [3]
Papua New Guinea Morabau (Kabulula, Trobriand Islands); didil (Lesu, New Ireland); pokaan (Western Highlands) [2][3]
France Crinole asiatique [2]
Netherlands Haaklelie [3]

Geographical Distributions

Crinum asiaticum is distributed from India to Southeast Asia, North-Western Australia and Polynesia. This plant is extremely polymorphic, and found along sandy shores and shaded, humid localities at low altitudes. [2]

Botanical Description

C. asiaticum comes from the family of Amaryllidaceae. It is a herb about 1-1.8 m tall, with a bulb measures about 5-15 cm in diametre and many bulblets present. It has a false stem up to 50 cm long and clothed with old leaf sheaths. [2]

The leaves are 20-30 narrowly to broadly elliptical. The size of its leaf is 50-150 cm x 3.5-20 cm, lower horizontal, and upper semi-erect. Its margins are entire and smooth. The umbel is 10-50-flowered. [2]

The stalk of inflorescence measures between 50-100 cm long while bracts measure 9-16 cm x 3-5 cm in size and pale. The flowers are fragrant at night. It is white but sometimes pink. The stalk of each individual flower measures 0.5-2.5 cm long. The filaments of stamens are slender and measure 3.5-7 cm long. [2]

The fruits are beaked and fleshy. It is yellowish-green. [2]

The seeds are egg-shaped, 1-5-seeded and often angular. [2]


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Chemical Constituent

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Traditional Use

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Preclinical Data

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Clinical Data

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Poisonous Management

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Line drawing


Figure 1: The line drawing of C. asiaticum L. [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Crinum asiaticum L. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2015 May 06]. Available from:
  2. Wardah. Crinum asiaticum L. In: van Valkenburg JLCH, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(2): Medicinal and poisonous plants 2. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publisher; 2001. p. 196-197.
  3. Philippine Medicinal Plants. Bakong. Crinum asiaticum Linn. [homepage on the Internet]. c2014 [updated 2013; cited 2015 May 07] Available from: