SCIENTIFIC NAME: Alstroemeria ligtu
COMMON NAME(S): Inca lily, Parrot flower
FAMILY: ALSTROEMERIACEAE - Inca flower family
ORIGIN: South America
HABITAT: Cut flower (frequently in florists' bouquets); gardens
CHARACTERISTICS: Separate flowering and non-flowering stems; flowering ones always taller and often with smaller leaves
LEAVES: Alternate, simple, often crowded near top of stem, lance-shaped, 1-4" long; leaf stem usually twists so top of leaf faces down
FLOWERS: Showy, brightly colored and usually spotted with brown or purple
FLOWERING SEASON: Summer
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Tuliposide A.
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological
COMMENTS: Frequent contact with stems of this popular cut flower has caused skin inflammation. Most of the varieties grown are hybrids of this species and several others, including A. aurea Graham, and A. haemantha Ruiz & Pavon. It should be expected that most species would elicit the same reaction from sensitive individuals.