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tritoma

[ trit-uh-muh ]
/ ˈtrɪt ə mə /
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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.

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Also called poker plant, red-hot poker, torch lily.

Origin of tritoma

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