tritoma

tritoma

[trit-uh-muh]
noun
any of various plants belonging to the genus Kniphofia, of the lily family, native to Africa, especially K. uvaria, having long, dense clusters of tubular red or yellow flowers.
Also called poker plant, red-hot poker, torch lily.


Origin:
1880–85; < Neo-Latin Tritoma alternate genus name < Greek trítom(os) thrice-cut (tri- tri- + -tomos -tomous) + Neo-Latin -a -a2

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tritoma

noun
a plant of the genus Kniphofia having long grasslike leaves and tall scapes of red or yellow drooping flowers [syn: kniphofia
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