Lilium is a large genus in the Liliaceae family. This wiki page is for the Asiatic Section from L-O.
Other Lilium sections and hybrids are linked below.
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Lilium lancifolium is a species of lily native to eastern Guam, China, Korea and Japan. This species is commonly called the "Tiger Lily", synonymous with Lilium tigrinum. See the Lilium lancifolium page. Representative photos of this species by Ron Parsons, David Pilling and Darm Crook.
Lilium lankongense is a species found in north west Yunnan and south east Xizang in China growing at altitudes between 1800 and 3200 metres. Occasionally refered to as the "pink" Lilium duchartrei. Flowers are set on long pedicels in a very open raceme inflorescence, are down facing, fully recurved and scented with 6 to 12 per stem. First photograph by David Victor near Zhongdian, in Yunnan, July 2005. Second photograph by David Pilling of plant grown from SRGC seed exchange in 2007 which first flowered in 2009. Third photo of a bulb by Pontus Wallstén. All the other photos submitted by Darm Crook.
Lilium leichtlinii is from Japan. The type form of the species has yellow flowers with reddish-purple spots and grows only in central Honshu, Japan's main island, among tall grasses in rich, moist meadows. The variety maximowiczii with orange flowers is found all over Japan and in China and Korea. It is now believed that this variety is the true type and the yellow form should be considered a variety. It appears the yellow form was discovered and named as the type first and then the orange form was botanised. Debate concerning who discovered the lily first has led to the name var. maximowiczii for the orange form. The orange flowered form was once confused with L. lancifolium giving synonyms like Lilium leichtlinii var. tigrinum and Lilium leichtlinii var. pseudotigrinum. It is no longer confused with L. lancifolium but due to profesional ethics on who first named it and published, var. maximowiczii could still change name to var. tigrinum or Lilium pseudotigrinum (false tigrinum). It is also called Lilium maximowiczii. It has been noted (see LilyGerminationBySpecies) that leichtlinii and var. maximowiczii have different germination modes.
The stem is purplish; the buds (and the outside base of the tepals) are woolly (hairy) with some hair also being on the stem and foliage. Height 60-120 cm [2-4'] There are no stem bulbils.
Photo 1 of seedling bulbs and 2 of a flowering size bulb by Pontus Wallstén.
Lilium leichtlinii var. maximowiczii mutated clone, two photos by Darm Crook.
Lilium lijiangense (synonym Lilium ningnanense) is found in the Sichuan and Yunnan provinces of China at over 3000 metres. Up to 5 scented flowers in a raceme, stem 60 cm. Lijiang is in Yunnan and Ningnan in Sichuan. Photo 1 by John Lykkegaard Johansen, photos 2 and 3 by Pontus Wallstén.
Lilium lophophorum is found at high elevations in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces as well as SE Tibet. It is a small plant, not more then 25-30 cm with usually a solitary, lantern-like flower. It grows in Alpine meadows, occasionally at the edge of forests or in shrubby areas. Photo 1 was taken in Baimashan, NW Yunnan by Oron Peri. Photo 2 of a bulb by Pontus Wallstén.
Lilium mackliniae Sealy was discovered by Frank Kingdon Ward on his botanical study tour in Siroi Hills of Ukhrul of Minipur, India, and named for his wife, Jean Macklin, notes Dr. A. V. Singh. The plant shown in photo 1 by Diane Whitehead was first thought to be a Nomocharis. This is the only plant from ten seeds sown in 1998, from the Royal Horticultural Society Lily Group. It is growing under an apple tree behind my deer fence, and flowered for the first time in mid-May, 2004 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Photo 2 of a bulb by Pontus Wallstén.
Lilium matangense first described in 1985 by Jie Mei Xu,it is endemic to the district of Barkam, in northwestern Sichuan in China. It grows at altitudes between 3200 and 3300 m. Photo of a bulb by Pontus Wallstén.
Lilium nanum is an alpine species native to the Himalayas. L. nanum is a short species, growing 16 to 34 cm (7 to 15 inches); the floret is outward facing, pale pink spotted with purple. The foliage is narrow and long; it grows in a very upright position and can extend from mid-point on the stem to well above the flowering tip. Synonym Nomocharis nana. Photos by Pontus Wallstén.
Lilium nanum v. flavidum(Rendle) Sealy is much like the type in foliage and height, but the florets have an outward and downward orientation, aren't as widly opened, are yellow, spot free and have a light blue stigma. This lily is an early flowering species, in zone 1 it flowers by late June early July and senesces ("browns down") by early to mid August. It enjoys a high humus well drained acidic based soil. Five photos of L. nanum var. flavidum submitted by Darm Crook.
Lilium nepalense is a species first found in Nepal, but now known to stretch across the Himalaya into western China. It typically grows in wet forest borders, between 1200 m and 3000 m. Three botanical varieties are recognised, according to Haw (in "Lilies of China", Timber Press, 1987), all of which occur in Yunnan. The broad leaves and the location make me believe that this fits with var. nepalense. The plant shown was photographed in Yunnan, west of Liuku, near to the Myanmar (Burma) border, at 2,350 m. Comments and photos 1-2 by David Victor. Photo 3 of bulb by Pontus Wallstén.
Lilium oxypetalum and Lilium oxypetalum var. insigne see Nomocharis oxypetala.
Lilium yapingense is a species described in 2013 in a paper entitled Lilium yapingense (Liliaceae) a new species from Yunnan, China, and its systematic significance relative to Nomocharis. Photo 1 by Bjornar Olsen. Photo 2 of bulb by Pontus Wallstén.
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