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Classification System: APG IV

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

Familia: Asparagaceae
Subfamilia: Agavoideae
Genus: Paradisea
Species: (2)

P. liliastrum - P. lusitanicaName

Paradisea Mazzuc., Viaggio Bot. Alp. Giulie 27. 1811, nom. cons.

Type species: P. hemeroanthericoides Mazzuc.


Allobrogia Tratt., Fl. Austriac. 2: 71. 1792.
Type species: non design.
Czackia Andrz., Czakia 1. 1818.
Type species: non design.
Hyperogyne Salisb., Gen. Pl. 81. 1866.
Type species: H. liliastrum L.
Liliastrum Link, Handbuch (Link) 1: 173. (1829), nom. illeg.
Type species: L. album (L.) Link
Pleisolirion Raf., Fl. Tellur. 2: 28. 1836.
Type species: P. liliastrum (L.) Raf.

Published taxa

Paradisea bulbulifera Lingelsh., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 12: 316. 1922.
Paradisea hemeroanthericoides Mazzuc., Viaggio Bot. Alp. Giulie: 27. 1811.
Paradisea liliastrum (L.) Bertol., Fl. Ital. 4: 133. 1840.
Paradisea liliastrum var. lusitanica Cout., Bol. Soc. Brot. 13: 78. 1896.
Paradisea lusitanica (Cout.) Samp., Ann. Sci. Acad. Polytecn. Porto 7: 1. 1912.
Paradisea minor C.H.Wright, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1895: 118. 1895.
Paradisea stenantha (Ravenna) Ravenna in G.T.Prance & T.S.Elias, Extinction Is Forever: 265. 1977.

Native distribution areas:

Middle Europe
Austria, Switzerland.
Southwestern Europe
France, Portugal, Spain.
Southeastern Europe
Italy, Yugoslavia.

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

Mazzucato, G. 1811. Viaggio Botanico all'Alpi Giulie. Reference page. : 27.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Paradisea in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 January 12. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Paradisea in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 January 12. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Paradisea. Published online. Accessed: 12 January 2019.
The Plant List 2013. Paradisea in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 January 12. 2019. Paradisea. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 January 12.

Vernacular names

Deutsch: Paradieslilien
suomi: Paratiisililjat
Nederlands: Paradijslelie
svenska: Paradisliljesläktet

Paradisea (paradise lily) is a European genus of flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae.[2] It was formerly classified in the family Anthericaceae or earlier in the Liliaceae. Paradisea is sometimes confused with Anthericum.[3]

Paradisea contains two species of herbaceous perennials:[4]

Image Scientific name Description Distribution
PARADISEA LILIASTRUM - GENTO - IB-776 (Paradisia).JPG Paradisea liliastrum (St. Bruno's lily) A graceful alpine meadow plant[3] with grasslike leaves. Pure white, trumpet-shaped flowers, 3–6 cm (1–2 in) long, with prominent yellow anthers, are borne in late spring.[4] It can be propagated by division of the roots in autumn, or from seed. In good soil it grows to 90 cm (35 in) high, and is used as an ornamental in herbaceous borders. This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[5] Mountains of southern Europe,[6]
Paradisea lusitanica.JPG Paradisea lusitanica taller than P. liliastrum, growing to 80–120 cm (31–47 in) tall by 30–40 cm (12–16 in) wide; but with shorter flowers 2 cm long.[4] Portugal and Spain

See also

List of plants known as lily


Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
"The Plant List, Version 1". 2010.
PBSWiki - Paradisea.
RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
"Paradisea liliastrum". RHS. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
Altervista Flora Italiana, Paradisia, St Bruno's Lily, Paradisea liliastrum (L.) Bertol., Fl. Ital. 4: 133. 1840

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