1. The Botanical Magazine
  2. The Botanical Magazine, Volume IV

Alstrœmeria Ligtu

Striped-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.

125Alstrœmeria Ligtu
Alstrœmeria Ligtu
Striped-Flower'd Alstrœmeria

Other species of the Alstrœmeria genus