Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Rhizomatous perennial herbs. Roots fibrous. Aerial stems and leaves annual; leaves numerous, cauline, resupinate. Inflorescence a scapose, corymbose cyme with leafy bracts. Flowers bisexual, zygomorphic; perianth segments free; sepals equal; upper pair of petals similar, lower petal differing; stamens 6, inserted on disc, filaments filiform, anthers basifixed, dehiscing introrsely by slits; ovary inferior, 3-locular; ovules several per locule; style filiform, stigma trifid. Fruit a loculicidal capsule; seeds sub-globose, rugose-tuberculate, yellow to brown.

About 50 species, from South America; 2 naturalised in Australia, 2 in Victoria.

Source: Conran, J.G. (1994). Liliaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-06-21
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Liliales
Higher taxa
genus Alstroemeria
Subordinate taxa