Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any member of the genus Alstremeria of South American flowering plants, the Peruvian lilies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any of various South American plants of the genus Alstroemeria valued for their handsome umbels of beautiful flowers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various South American plants of the genus Alstroemeria valued for their handsome umbels of beautiful flowers

Etymologies

New Latin, genus name, after Baron Clas Alstroemer (1736-1794), Swedish naturalist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the genus name. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Apart from the glasshouses of alstroemeria plants, hardly any artificial light is visible.

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  • John Lewis Direct has also extended its flowers by post service to include Fairtrade sunflowers, spray roses and alstroemeria.

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  • Fairtrade Scented Peach arrangement £37; evokes the feeling of a wild garden on a sunny afternoon, packed with fragranced Ambiance roses, alstroemeria, gypsphila and Cinderella pink lisianthus.

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  • Fairtrade Sunflower Sphere arrangement £30; this incredibly cheering arrangement of sunflowers, two-tone Butler germinis and Set Point alstroemeria guarantees a smile from ear to ear.

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  • Fairtrade Rosy Glow bouquet £35; enjoy this array of blooms including tickled pink Sweet Unique and blush white spray roses, harmonised with the rich berry hues of Valentine alstroemeria and the fresh scent of eucalyptus.

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  • The garden is actually getting rather tired as the summer progresses, but I still have yellow loosestrife, some alstroemeria, alchemilla mollis (ladies' mantle), meadow-sweet, astrantia (this year for the first time in more than one colour), red and white valerian, lavender, veronica and butterfly blue scabious.

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  • Other hardy varieties include alstroemeria (Peruvian lily), Star of

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  • Florists, gardeners and flower arrangers are most at risk of developing an allergic response to alstroemeria, though a publication in PubMed states this occurs only in small numbers of florists.

    eHow - Health How To's

  • People who are sensitive to alstroemeria often have an allergic reaction to other plants, particularly the climbing plant bomarea; dioscorea hispida (intoxicating yam); erythronium

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  • The allergen in alstroemeria is an enzyme called tuliposide, which reaches the skin through newly damaged bulbs and stems of the flower.

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