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Alstroemeria citrina Phil.

Place of Publication

Linnaea 33(1-4): 264 (1864)

Type citation

“cerca de Concumén, en la provincia de Aconcagua”, Landbeck s.n., 1863 (Holotype: SGO 47083, 47084).


  • Philippi R.A. (1864a)

    Philippi, R.A. 1864. Plantarum novarum Chilensium centuriae, includis quibusdam Mendociuis et Patagonicis. Linnaea 33(heft 1-4): 1-308

  • Eyzaguirre (2008)

    Eyzaguirre, M.T. 2008. Validación de Alstroemeria citrina Phil. (Alstroemeriaceae). Gayana. Botánica 65(2): 241-244


  • Eyzaguirre (2008): fig.1(a-d)


Coquimbo and Valparaíso

Distribution and habitat

Very restricted to only two localities, in the province of Petorca (Región of Valparaíso) and the northern area of Pedernales in the Province of Choapa (Región de Coquimbo). It grows on sunny slopes and stony soil in habitats dominated by sclerophyllous shrubs from 1500–1720 m above sea level. Examples of associated vegetation include: Acacia caven, Guindilia trinervis, Haplopappus bezanillanus, Trevoa quinquinervia and Quillaja saponaria (Eyzaguirre, 2008).


  • Eyzaguirre (2008)


Perennial herb to 40 cm tall.

Key characteristics

Very similar to A. pallida, but the petals are more erect, the yellow band is wider and the leaves are very undulate (Eyzaguirre, 2008).