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Any of several South American perennial herbs of the genus Alstroemeria, popular as cut flowers for their showy, variously colored blooms.

[New Latin, genus name, after Baron Clas Alstroemer (1736-1794), Swedish naturalist.]
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(Plants) any plant of the tuberous perennial liliaceous genus Alstroemeria, originally S American, grown for their brightly coloured orchid-like flowers. Also called: Peruvian lily
[named by Linnaeus for his friend Baron Klas von Alstroemer]
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Noun1.alstroemeria - any of various South American plants of the genus Alstroemeria valued for their handsome umbels of beautiful flowersalstroemeria - any of various South American plants of the genus Alstroemeria valued for their handsome umbels of beautiful flowers
liliaceous plant - plant growing from a bulb or corm or rhizome or tuber
genus Alstroemeria - genus of showy South American herbs with leafy stems; sometimes placed in family Alstroemeriaceae or in family Amaryllidaceae
Alstroemeria pelegrina, lily of the Incas, Peruvian lily - an Andean herb having umbels of showy pinkish-purple lily-like flowers
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The flowers include carnations, roses, statice, lilies, hypericum and alstromeria.