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Alstroemeria aurantiaca #1 | by J.G. in S.F.
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Alstroemeria aurantiaca #1

Alstroemeriaceae - Chile

Peruvian Lily, Lily of the Incas (Syn. A. aurea)

Shown: The wild form in its naturally occurring color--horticultural selections exist in many other colors


"Alstroemeria (syn. Alstremeria), commonly called the Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas, is a South American genus of about 50 species of flowering plants. Almost all of the species are restricted to one of two distinct centers of diversity, one in central Chile, the other in eastern Brazil. Species of Alstroemeria from Chile are winter-growing plants while those of Brazil are summer-growing. All are long-lived perennials except A. (Taltalia) graminea, a diminutive annual from the Atacama Desert of Chile."


"The genus was named for the Swedish baron Clas Alströmer (Claus von Alstroemer) by his close friend Carolus Linnaeus. The plant was first described by the French botanist Louis Feuillée. The plant's seeds were among many collected by Alströmer on a trip to South America in 1753." (Wikipedia)


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Photographed in U.C. Berkeley Botanical Garden - Berkeley, California


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Taken on November 17, 2008