Alstroemeria pulchella

Linnaeus f.

Suppl. Pl., 206. 1782

Synonyms: Alstroemeria brasiliensis Sprengel Alstroemeria psittacina Lehmann
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 200. Mentioned on page 199.
Plants erect, leafy, weak-stemmed. Leaves 1.5–3 × 6–11 cm; blade narrowly lanceolate to elliptic-spatulate on fertile shoots, broader on sterile shoots, glabrous, base cuneate, apex acute to rounded; petiole 2–4 cm. Umbels 3–8-flowered, bracteate. Flowers: tepals red to wine, spotted purplish brown, greenish at apex, narrowly spatulate, 3.5–4.5 cm, apex and margins of base slightly puberulent; pedicel 1.5–3 cm. Capsules globose, 1.3 × 1 cm, bluntish terminal portion with several spinose acuminations, each valve narrowly winged adaxially.

Phenology: Flowering mid spring–early summer.
Habitat: Loose or sandy soils in shade to partially sunny, moist, disturbed sites
Elevation: 0–100 m

Distribution

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Ala., Fla., Ga., La., Miss., Brazil.

Discussion

Alstroemeria pulchella is used as an outdoor ornamental in the warmer parts of the United States, where it has escaped and apparently become naturalized.

References

None.

Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.