pbs : Lilium formosanum

Tony Avent tony@plantdelights.com
Tue, 02 Sep 2008 10:49:24 PDT
John and others:

While I was in Taiwan, I replied about the Lilium formosanum that I had 
seen, all of which had the purple flower backs and were about 3-4' 
tall.  On our final day in the field, coming down from Ali Shan in the 
Central Mountains, when we dropped below 5,000' elevation, all of a 
sudden the Lilium formosanum below that elevation were all 6' tall and 
had no purple staining to the back of the petals.  These plants are 
identical to the plant that we and others sell in the US as L. 
formosanum.  It appears that the variation is simply one of ecotypes 
unless someone goes and names the non-purple back form as a subspecies.  
I hope this sheds more light on the subject.

Tony Avent
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