Our Hippeastrum puniceum, is already with us when i started to notice my surroundings! That might probably be before 5 years old. In some countries maybe you can already call that heirloom, as it already passed on through several generations. But this is not endemic or native to the country, rather it might actually be introduced to the country centuries ago during the galleon trade with the Spaniards and Portuguese. The bulbs stay long even without water, so it can either be persistent or on the negative side can be invasive.
We have hedges of hippeastrum in our property at the border of the garden. They are mostly seen as green foliage during the rainy season, and cannot be seen at all during the dry season. Their foliage totally dry with the heat and bright sun. The bulbs are just there on the ground waiting for the first heavy rains in April-May.
Something unusual on them happened starting last year. That time there was a slight drizzle that induced them to flower. So i was not intrigued. However, this year there is no drizzle nor any rain at all starting February. But they still bloom starting April. Most of the scapes are short than normal, at just about 6 inches. I observed that only a few scapes emerged, compared to the totally dense scapes and flowers during the previous rainy seasons.
Lushness of the flowers is the same with the rainy season blooms. However, during the rainy season the leaves emerge fast or sometimes at the same time with the growing scapes.
Another reality that i observed just now is this bulb. It was a loose bulb that my mother placed at the trunk of the cycas tree, forgot to remove it there. I just noticed it last week because of the two blooms, prompting me to check. The position in the trunk is 1.5 m above ground, and you will see above how it looks like now, rootless, leafless, and dry. But those conditions did not prevent it to bloom.
The above single bloom is twisted that gave it a different beauty.
I realized that this species do not need any induction at all to break dormancy. It seems cued to bloom in April, and despite the absence of moisture they produced flowers, no matter what! I am awed yet pity them as their leaves might not be able to grow. Our weather forecasters say El Niño is coming in June, that might further delay the rainy season. These conditions will further muddle my otherwise already muddled observations, and further complicate my conclusions. Far as it may, i will just enjoy the flowers, for now!