Definition of lachenalia in English:

lachenalia

Pronunciation /ˌlaʃəˈneɪlɪə/ /ˌlaʃəˈnɑːlɪə/

noun

  • Any of the small, perennial, bulbous-rooted plants of the genus Lachenalia (family Liliaceae), the members of which have thick, often spotted leaves and spikes or racemes of variously coloured tubular or bell-shaped flowers, and are native to South Africa but widely cultivated elsewhere; (in form Lachenalia) the genus itself.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Erasmus Darwin (1731–1802), physician and natural philosopher. From scientific Latin Lachenalia, genus name from the name of Werner de la Chenal, Swiss botanist + -ia.