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The Endemic Plants of Chile

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Alstroemeria kingii Phil.

  1. Classified in >
  2. genus: Alstroemeria >
  3. Family: Alstroemeriaceae

Type citation

“Hallado cerca de Carrizal Bajo por el señor Tomás King” (Holotype in SGO (SGO 38155; Isotypes in SGO (SGO 38155), E, K.)


  • Bayer (1987a): ilus.: 3, 120, 165
  • Muñoz-Schick & Moreira-Muñoz (2003): págs.: 36, 37


    • Bayer (1987a)
    • Muñoz-Schick & Moreira-Muñoz (2003)


    Perennial to 20 cm tall. Flowers from September to November and produces fruit from October

    Key characteristics

    The flower colour is normally a deep yellow but sometimes it can be much paler and in few examples (Canto del Agua) white with two broad yellow bands on the upper tepals. Some specimens with spots on the tepals resemble A. diluta ssp. chrysantha.



    Distribution and habitat

    Restricted to coastal sandy soils and further inland from Tortoral until Vallenar (Región Atacama). It has an altitudinal range between sea level to 710 m.


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    Seed of this species is banked by the national seed bank of Chile, INIA.


    • Bayer (1987a)

      Bayer, E. 1987. Die Gattung Alstroemeria in Chile. Mitteilungen (aus) der Botanischen Staatssammlung München 24: 1-362

    • Muñoz-Schick & Moreira-Muñoz (2003)

      Muñoz-Schick, M and Moreira-Muñoz, A 2003. Alstroemerias de Chile; Diversidad, distribución y conservación. Santiago de Chile: Taller La Era