Orange lirio

Family • Amaryllidaceae - Hippeastrum puniceum (Lam.) Kuntze - AMARYLLIS LILY

Scientific names

Hippeastrum puniceum (Lam.) Voss.
Hippeastrum equestre (Alton) Herb.
Amaryllis punicea Lam.

Other vernacular names

FRENCH: Lys rouge.

Other common names

Orange lirio (Tag., Engl.)
Amaryllis lily (Engl.)
Barbados lily (Engl.)
Easter lily (Engl.)
Maroon lily (Engl.)
Red lily (Engl.)

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Additional Sources and Suggested Readings

(1) 3-O-Acetyl-narcissidine, a bioactive alkaloid from Hippeastrum puniceum Lam. (Amaryllidaceae) / Santana O, Reinab M, Anaya AL, Hernández F, Izquierdo ME, González-Coloma A. / Z Naturforsch C. 2008 Sep-Oct;63(9-10):639-43.

(2) Hippeastrum puniceum / Medicinal Plants of the Guianas (Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana)

Orange lirio2Botany
Orange lirio is a bulbous perennial with runners or stolons. Leaves are fleshy green, swordlike, 25 to 40 centimeters long, 3 centimeters wide, strap-shaped, narrowed at the tip, developing fully as the flowers wilt. Stem arising from the bulb is cylindrical, hollow, 30 to 40 centimeters long, the tip bearing 2 to 4 stalked, showy, more or less nodding, red or orange colored flowers. Flowers are trumpet-shaped, 8 to 10 centimeters in diameter, the tube about 2.5 centimeters long, and the 6 segments 10 to 12 centimeters long. The fruit is a roundish capsule.

There are several cultivated forms, including a hybrid with dark red flowers with a white stripe running along the center of each segment.

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– Cultivated.
– Planted in towns and cities in the Philippines.
– Native to South America.

– Study isolated an alkaloid, 3-O-acetyl-narcissidine.

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Parts used
Flowers, bulbs.

– No reported medicinal use in the Philippines.
– In French Guiana, flower infusion is considered antispasmodic; locally used for whooping cough. In NW Guyana, root used to treat asthma, biliousness, as laxative and to induce vomiting.
– In Jamaica, bulb is used to make plaster with bread or Eryngium foetidum for use on swelling and sores. Also used for abscesses and ulcers.


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• Bioactive Alkaloid / Antifeedant / Plant Protective: Study isolated a bioactiv4 alkaloid, 3-O-acetyl-narcissidine, which showed antifeedant activity against the polyphagous insect Spodoptera littoralis. Results suggest a plant protective role for H. puniceum alkaloids.