Alstrœmeria LigtuStriped-Flower'd Alstrœmeria
- Class and Order
- Hexandria Monogynia
- Generic Character
- Corolla 6-petala, sub-bilabiata: petalis 2 inferioribus basi tubulosis. Stamina declinata.
- Specific Character and Synonyms
- ALSTRŒMERIA Ligtu caule erecto, foliis spathulato-oblongis, pedunculis umbellæ involucro longioribus, corolla bilabiata. Linn. Syst. Veget. ed. 14. Murr. Suppl. p. 207. Amœn. Acad. V. 6. p. 247
- HEMEROCALLIS floribus purpurascentibus striatis. Few. Peruv. 2. p. 710. t. 4.
This plant receives its generic name from Claudius Alstrœmer (son of Sir Jonas Alstrœmer, a most respectable Swedish Merchant) who first found the other most beautiful species the Pelegrina in Spain, whither it had been transmitted from Peru; its trivial name Ligtu is a provincial one.
According to Fewillee, who has written on the plants of Peru, this species is found on the banks of the rivers in Chili: we treat it, and successfully, as a stove plant; its flowers, which usually make their appearance in February and March, emit a fragrance scarcely inferior to Mignonet; its leaves, contrary to most others, grow inverted, which is effected by a twist of the footstalk, and afford an excellent example of Linnæus's Folium resupinatum; the filaments, after the pollen is discharged, turn upwards, and the antheræ become almost globular.
It is usually propagated by parting its roots in Autumn.