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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Ordo: Asparagales

Familia: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamilia: Allioideae
Tribus: Gilliesieae
Subtribus: Leucocoryninae
Genus: Leucocoryne
Species: L. alliacea – L. angosturae – L. angustipetala – L. appendiculata – L. arrayanensis – L. candida – L. codehuensis – L. conconensis – L. coquimbensis – L. coronata – L. curacavina – L. dimorphopetala – L. editiana – L. foetida – L. fragrantissima – L. fuscostriata – L. gilliesioides – L. inclinata – L. incrassata – L. ixioides – L. leucogyna – L. lilacea – L. lituecensis – L. lurida – L. macropetala – L. maulensis – L. modesta – L. mollensis – L. narcissoides – L. odorata – L. pachystyla – L. pauciflora – L. porphyrea – L. praealta – L. purpurea – L. quilimarina – L. reflexa – L. roblesiana – L. rungensis – L. simulans – L. subulata – L. taguataguensis – L. talinensis – L. tricornis – L. ungulifera – L. valparadisea – L. violacescens – L. vittata
Source(s) of checklist:

Govaerts, R. et al. 2018. Leucocoryne in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 26. Reference page.


Leucocoryne Lindl. (1830)

Type species: L. odorata Lindl.


Antheroceras Bertero, Amer. J. Sci. Arts 10: 301. 1831.
Chrysocoryne Zoellner, Anales Mus. Hist. Nat. Valparaiso 6: 18. 1973, nom. illeg.
Erinna Phil., Linnaea 33: 266. 1865.
Pabellonia Quezada & Martic., Bol. Soc. Biol. Concepcion 50: 219. 1976.
Stemmatium Phil., Anales Univ. Chile 43: 551. 1872.
Stephanolirion Baker, Gard. Chron., n.s., 3: 234. 1875.


Lindley, J. 1830. Edwards's Botanical Register; or, Flower Garden and Shrubbery. London, t. 1293.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2018. Leucocoryne in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 26. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2018. Leucocoryne. Published online. Accessed: Jul. 26 2018.
Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 2019. GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset. Taxon: Leucocoryne. .

Leucocoryne (glory-of-the-sun) is a genus of bulbous perennials in the family Amaryllidaceae.[2] The foliage of all species is long and narrow and has an onion-like scent. The blue, white or lilac flowers are held in umbels.[3]

The entire genus is endemic to the Republic of Chile in South America.[1] Some species are grown in gardens as ornamentals. They require very well-drained soil and do not tolerate freezing temperatures. L. purpurea, with purple flowers, has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.[4][5]

Derivation of genus name

The generic name Leucocoryne is a compound of the Greek elements λευκός ( = leucos ) "white" and κορυνε ( = korune ) "club" ( in the sense of cudgel or bludgeon ) - in reference to the pale, club-like, sterile anthers of the flowers.[6][7]

Species accepted by The Plant List[8] are listed here (49) although some authorities estimate only 15.[9]

Leucocoryne alliacea Lindl.
Leucocoryne angosturae Ravenna
Leucocoryne angustipetala Gay
Leucocoryne appendiculata Phil.
Leucocoryne arrayanensis Ravenna
Leucocoryne candida Ravenna
Leucocoryne codehuensis Ravenna
Leucocoryne conconensis Ravenna
Leucocoryne conferta Zoellner
Leucocoryne coquimbensis F.Phil. ex Phil.
Leucocoryne coronata Ravenna
Leucocoryne curacavina Ravenna
Leucocoryne dimorphopetala (Gay) Ravenna
Leucocoryne editiana Ravenna
Leucocoryne foetida Phil.
Leucocoryne fragrantissima Ravenna
Leucocoryne fuscostriata Ravenna
Leucocoryne gilliesioides (Phil.) Ravenna syn. Erinna gilliesioides Phil.
Leucocoryne inclinata Ravenna
Leucocoryne incrassata'' Phil.
Leucocoryne ixioides (Sims) Lindl.
Leucocoryne leucogyna Ravenna
Leucocoryne lilacea Ravenna
Leucocoryne lituecensis Ravenna
Leucocoryne lurida Ravenna
Leucocoryne macropetala Phil.
Leucocoryne maulensis Ravenna
Leucocoryne modesta Ravenna
Leucocoryne mollensis Ravenna
Leucocoryne narcissoides Phil.
Leucocoryne odorata Lindl.
Leucocoryne pachystyla Ravenna
Leucocoryne pauciflora Phil.
Leucocoryne porphyrea Ravenna
Leucocoryne praealta Ravenna
Leucocoryne purpurea Gay
Leucocoryne quilimarina Ravenna
Leucocoryne reflexa Grau
Leucocoryne roblesiana Ravenna
Leucocoryne rungensis Ravenna
Leucocoryne simulans Ravenna
Leucocoryne subulata Ravenna
Leucocoryne taguataguensis Ravenna
Leucocoryne talinensis Mansur & Cisternas
Leucocoryne tricornis Ravenna
Leucocoryne ungulifera Ravenna
Leucocoryne valparadisea Ravenna
Leucocoryne violacescens Phil.
Leucocoryne vittata Ravenna


Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Stevens, P.F., Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Allioideae
John Lindley. 1830. Edwards's Botanical Register 15: t. 1293
"Leucocoryne purpurea". RHS. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
"AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 59. Retrieved 21 March 2018. Retrieved at 22.52 on 24/3/19. Retrieved at 22.59 on 24/3/19.
The Plant List

Sassone et al. 2014.


Jara-Arancio, Paola; Arroyo, Mary T. K.; Guerrero, Pablo C.; Hinojosa, Luis F.; Arancio, Gina; Méndez, Marco A.; Carine, Mark (February 2014). "Phylogenetic perspectives on biome shifts in Leucocoryne (Alliaceae) in relation to climatic niche evolution in western South America" (PDF). Journal of Biogeography. 41 (2): 328–338. doi:10.1111/jbi.12186. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
Sassone, Agostina B.; Arroyo-Leuenberger, Silvia C.; Giussani, Liliana M. (2014). "Nueva Circunscripción de la tribu Leucocoryneae (Amaryllidaceae, Allioideae)". Darwinia. Nueva Serie. 2 (2): 197–206. doi:10.14522/darwiniana/2014.22.584. ISSN 0011-6793. Retrieved 9 January 2015.

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