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Alstroemeria aurea

Alstroemeria aurea

Taxonavigation: Liliales
Classification System: APG IV

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

Familia: Alstroemeriaceae
Tribus: Alstroemerieae
Genus: Alstroemeria
Species: Alstroemeria aurea

Alstroemeria aurea Graham (1833)

Alstroemeria araucana Phil., Anales Univ. Chile 1873: 547. 1873.
Alstroemeria aurantiaca D.Don in R.Sweet, Brit. Fl. Gard. 6: t. 205. 1833.
Alstroemeria chiloensis Phil., Linnaea 29: 71. 1857.
Alstroemeria concolor Steud. in W.Lechler, Berberid. Amer. Austral.: 53. 1857.
Alstroemeria mutabilis Kunze ex Kunth, Enum. Pl. 5: 777. 1850.
Alstroemeria nivali Meyen, Observ. Bot. 1: 315. 1834.
Alstroemeria peruviana Van Houtte, Ann. Gén. Hort. 21: 51. 1875.
Alstroemeria pulchella H.Vilm., Fl. Pleine Terre, ed. 2: 48. 1866, nom. illeg.
Alstroemeria xanthina Phil., Anales Univ. Chile 1873: 546. 1873.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Southern America
Argentina South; Chile Central; Chile South
Continental: Australasia
New Zealand North; New Zealand South; Victoria

Alstroemeria aurea

Alstroemeria aurea (*)

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

Graham, R. 1833. Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal 15: 181.


Hassler, M. 2018. Alstroemeria aurea. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2018. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 16. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2018. Alstroemeria aurea. Published online. Accessed: Jul. 16 2018.
The Plant List 2013. Alstroemeria aurea in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published online. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 16. 2018. Alstroemeria aurea. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 16 Jul. 2018.

Vernacular names
español: Amancay
français: Lys des Incas
Runa Simi: Quri liwtu
Alstroemeria aurea is a species of flowering plant in the family Alstroemeriaceae, native to Chile and Argentina, but naturalised in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.[2] It is also widely cultivated as an ornamental.

Common names include yellow alstroemeria,[2] though cultivars have been selected in a range of colours. The name Peruvian lily is often applied to this and other species of Alstroemeria, despite the fact that most are not native to that country.

Growing to 1 m (3.3 ft) tall by 0.5 m (1.6 ft) broad, it is a herbaceous perennial with brittle, fleshy roots beneath erect stems with narrow leaves. Many orchid-like flowers[3] in brilliant shades of yellow and orange. appear in early to midsummer. The flowers may be heavily spotted or striped with red or brown. If undisturbed, plants will spread rapidly in benign conditions.[4]

When cultivated it is one of the hardiest alstroemerias, surviving temperatures of −10 °C (14 °F). It requires a sheltered spot in sun or part shade.[4]

The Latin specific epithet aureum means "golden".[5]


"Alstroemeria aurea". World Checklist of Selected Plant Families (WCSP). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – via The Plant List.
"Alstroemeria aurea". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
"Alstroemeria aurea". Retrieved 23 August 2021.
"Alstroemeria aurea". RHS. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for Gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 184533731X.

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