Lilium neilgherrense

Jim McKenney
Fri, 02 Dec 2011 05:47:00 PST
Here's a question for plant distribution and geography buffs: I recently referred to Lilium neilgherrense as the lily with the southern most distribution. Today I noticed that the wiki text gives that distinction to Lilium philippinense. 
The Nilgiri Hills are at about latitude 11 degrees N, most of Luzon in the Philippines seems to be north of that. Patrick Synge's Lilies gives the distribution of Lilium philippinense as "north Luzon".which would put it well north of 15 degrees N. He also describes its distribution as the "most tropical" of all lilies.
Synge's Lilies describes L. neilgherrense as the "most southerly of all the species". 
Does anyone know if Lilium philippinense extends into the southern Philippines? 
Jim McKenney
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