Box lily

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Hoy
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Box lily

Does anybody know the name "box lily" used for a plant (or plant group) in Alstroemeriaceae?

Lori S.
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Usually, doing a google search on some sort of a common name ("box lily") will bring up enough references to identify the plant.  However, in this case, my search doesn't bring up any references to a plant... ??

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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Lori wrote:

Usually, doing a google search on some sort of a common name ("box lily") will bring up enough references to identify the plant.  However, in this case, my search doesn't bring up any references to a plant... ??

That's the case, Lori, nobody seems to know.
It is a question on a Norwegian site from a person trying to translate a book. The nearest we've come is a kind of (Australian) present box with plants.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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Well, perhaps not a very apt translation then?  Or perhaps too literal a translation... ?  What language is the book in?  Perhaps if you posted the plant name in its original language, someone may recognize it?

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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Lori, I've not seen the original text. It was just a question (like my first here) in Norwegian on a Norwegian forum site. The original text is in English but I don't know from which country. It probably is a good idea to know the original country of the writer and post the whole sentence at least. However, I don't think the inquirer frequent the site too often though :-\  He or she hasn't answered our latest suggestions.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Hoy
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"Box lily" is mentioned in an American classification key as an example of Alstroemeriacea!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Mark McD
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Hoy wrote:

"Box lily" is mentioned in an American classification key as an example of Alstroemeriacea!

Trond, can you cite the reference to that key?  I too googled extensively when I first saw this, could not find anything that conclusively referenced "box lily" as a plant common name.  Unless it comes from the cut flower industry, where Alstroemeria is most famous and dominant of all cut flowers for many decades, perhaps boxed for shipment to florists around the world.  Such an "industry term" would probably have little correlation to a plant's given common name, if they exist.

If the name reference is so elusive, then that name doesn't have much meaning.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Hoy
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Mark, I have given all the information I have! The person asking is keeping his cards very close to his chest :-\
I have asked for more info though!

I and others at this side of the Dam had also googled a little before I asked ;)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Mark McD
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Well, we're chasing a phantom.  :P

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Tingley
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I just noticed a reference to a "Magellan Box Lily" (genus Philesia) on page 93 of Norman Deno's SECOND SUPPLEMENT TO SEED GERMINATION THEORY AND PRACTICE. I don't know whatsort of relationship there is (if any) between the Philesiacea and Alstromeriacea, so this may be a dead end as well. (Philesia magellanica)

Southwest Nova Scotia, zone 6b or thereabouts

Hoy
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Thanks all for your help!

Think maybe the problem is solved - in a way. The person who asked is working with a library filing system (Dewey Decimal Classification 21) which has noting to do with systematic botany.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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