Alstroemeria aurea or Golden-flowered Alstroemeria

chrisrob

Bend, United States

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Reproduction from Benjamin Maund’s Botanic Garden published in London in 1839.
The original is one of four plants on a plate, with each plant image only 2.4 × 3.1 inches. The black ink was applied to the paper from a copper engraving: the colour was done by skilled artists painting each individual image by hand with water-colour paints. This made each image in each copy of the book a unique creation. The original image is so small that it is necessary to use a magnifying glass to see the quality of the detail.
Alstroemeria aurea was introduced to London from Chile in 1831.
The genus is named by Linneus after his Spanish friend, Claudius Alstroemer
A curious feature of Alstroemeria is that the upper surfaces of the leaves possess a peculiar structure and perform the functions of the under surface of those of other plants. The leaves twist round to present their under suface to the usual position of the upper, and become what is termed resupinate.

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