Alstroemeria pulchella

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Alstroemeria pulchella
Parrot Lilly (Alstroemeria psittacina).jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Alstroemeriaceae
Genus: Alstroemeria
Species: A. pulchella
Binomial name
Alstroemeria pulchella
  • Alstroemeria psittacina Lehm.
  • Lilavia psittacina (Lehm.) Raf.
  • Alstroemeria banksiana M.Roem.
  • Alstroemeria psittacina var. longipedunculata Regel
  • Alstroemeria hassleriana Baker
  • Alstroemeria atrorubra Ravenna

Alstroemeria pulchella is a South American species of flowering plant in the family Alstroemeriaceae. It is native to Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay but widely cultivated as an ornamental and escaped into the wild in Australia (New South Wales and Norfolk Island), New Zealand, Madeira, the Canary Islands, and the southeastern United States (eastern Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida).[1][2][3][4][5] Common names include Peruvian lily, parrot flower, parrot lily, lily of the Incas, princess lily, and New Zealand Christmas bell.

Alstroemeria pulchella is a perennial herb with underground tubers. Flowers grow in umbels of 3-8 flowers. They can be red to reddish-purple, sometimes with brownish spots.[2]


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ a b Flora of North America, Vol. 26 Page 200 Alstroemeria pulchella Linnaeus f., Suppl. Pl. 206. 1782.
  3. ^ Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map
  4. ^ Assis, (2001). Alstroemeria L. (Alstroemeriaceae) do Brasil: 1-165. Tese de Doutorado, Instituto de Biociências da Universidade de São Paulo.
  5. ^ Camargo de Assis, M. (2012). Alstroemeriaceae na região sul do Brasil. Rodriguésia; Revista do Instituto de Biologia Vegetal, Jardim Botânico e Estaçao Biologica do Itatiaya 63: 1117-1132.