Pyrolirion

Pyrolirion is a genus in the Amaryllidaceae family native to the Andes and coastal desert of Peru and Bolivia. DNA sequencing has found that it is a member of the Eustephieae tribe, sister to Chlidanthus, Eustephia, and Hieronymiella. Flowers have spoon shaped stigmas.


Pyrolirion albicans Herb. was named by Herbert in 1837 for a Peruvian species illustrated and described in 1725. It is the accepted name in the Kew monocot check list. Mobot's Tropicos database list these accepted names for this species, Cooperia albicans (Herb.) Sprague and Zephyranthes albicans (Herb.) Baker. Further confusing the issue of what to call this plant, Ravenna renamed it Leucothauma albicans in 2009. We are choosing to list it on the wiki under Pyrolirion albicans. Photos by Alessandro Marinello.

Pyrolirion albicans, Alessandro MarinelloPyrolirion albicans, Alessandro MarinelloPyrolirion albicans, Alessandro Marinello

Pyrolirion tubiflorum (L'Hér.) M.Roem. is distributed from Peru to northwest Chile. There are three forms of Pyrolirion tubiflorum. The typical red flame-coloured and orange forms seem to be found both on the coastal areas north of Lima and at higher elevations at Cuzco, while the paler gold form is found only on the coast and at lower elevations south of Lima (Cowley, J. 1989). Photos by Mirella Tomatis and Norton Cuba. The third picture belongs to growing bulblets of the yellow form.

Pyrolirion tubiflorum, Mirella TomatisPyrolirion tubiflorum, Mirella TomatisPyrolirion tubiflorum, Norton Cuba

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