Lilium Polyphyllum seedling bulb, Pontus Wallstén

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Lilium is a big genus within the Liliaceae household. This wiki web page is for the Asiatic Part from P-Z.


Asiatic Part A-C – Asiatic Part D-Ok – Asiatic Part L-O


Different Lilium sections and hybrids are linked under.

American Part A-M – American Part N-Z – Candidum Part – Dauricum Part – Martagon Part – Oriental Part – Trumpet Part – Lilium Hybrids – Lilium Index


Lilium papilliferum is from the North West of the Yunnan province of China, its widespread identify is the ‘Likiang lily’. Its latin identify derives from the papillose floor of its stem. As much as three scented flowers are borne 60 cm excessive. Pictures 1 and a couple of by John Lykkegaard Johansen. Photograph three of a bulb by Pontus Wallstén.


Lilium poilanei is from Vietnam and in addition present in Laos and the Yunnan province of China. It grows on cliffs and is considered associated to Lilium primulinum. Photograph 1 of a bulb by Pontus Wallstén. Images 2 and three by Tony Willis.

Images from Dylan Hannon, who writes “clones of Lilium poilanei from Vietnam, relatively totally different from the one above. The flowers seem on lengthy arching stalks within the warmth of summer season (July-August) and are intensely aromatic, with an odd candy odor. Moderately a temperamental lily on this local weather, at the very least for me.”


Lilium polyphyllum grows within the Himalayas from Afghanistan by way of Kashmir to Kumaon at 1800 to 3700 metres. The identify means ‘many leaved’. The bulbs are bought as a natural “remedy all” medication. Pictures by Mana Chandhok taken in Gangotri Nationwide Forest, India exhibiting the species rising at an elevation of 10,500 ft to 12,000 ft in heavy granite mud at slope of about 50 levels. This space is snowed in from November to April.

Photograph of a seedling bulb by Pontus Wallstén.

Lilium Polyphyllum seedling bulb, Pontus Wallstén

Lilium primulinum takes its identify from the primrose (Primula vulgaris) yellow coloration of its flowers. A standard identify is the “Ocher (ochre) lily”. It’s present in Burma (Myanmar), China (Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnan) and Thailand as much as 3000 m. Accepted varieties are Lilium primulinum var. burmanicum (greenish yellow flowers noticed with purple), Lilium primulinum var. ochraceum (syn. Lilium majoense) (wine purple flowers with greenish ocher ideas) and Lilium primulinum var. primulinum (solely present in Burma, flowers wholly yellow with no blotches). Crops develop 2 m excessive with as much as eight flowers in a raceme. Pictures by John Lykkegaard Johansen; the second exhibits ‘Rock’s selection’ and the third Lilium majoense.

The under photographs by Pontus Wallstén examine bulbs of the kinds of this species. Photograph 1 is of a bulb of Lilium majoense. Images 2 and three are bulbs of Rock’s selection and photograph four is a bulb of Hooker’s selection.


Lilium pumilum is an Asian lily (North Korea, Manchuria, and Mongolia) with crimson pendent flowers. It appears to be simply grown in a nicely watered backyard. These first two photographs have been taken Could 2004 by Bob Rutemoeller at Kew Gardens, United Kingdom; the second will not be as clear however exhibits the shape. The third photograph, by John Longanecker, is of a calmly candy scented container plant grown in Placerville, CA. Photograph 4 of bulbs by Pontus Wallstén.

Lilium pumilum strains ‘Golden Gleam’ and ‘Yellow bunting’. Lots of people consider these two strains to be a species number of Lilium pumilum. My ideas are that they’re hybrid strains. A species is a naturally occurring group of vegetation that breed true, a pressure is a developed line of hybrids (genetically associated) derived from repeated crosses that produce a glance alike seedling inhabitants. This may be accomplished with hybrids and naturally with species, nonetheless the species already produces these look alike seedlings with solely minor variation between the seedlings so why would an individual name them a pressure. Textual content and one photograph of every of the 2 named strains by Darm Criminal.

Lilium pumilum strain'Golden Gleam', Darm CrookLilium pumilum strain'Yellow Bunting', Darm Crook

Lilium rosthornii is native to Sichuan, Hubei and Guizhou. It grows in mountain ravines, by streams and woodland, at 350 to 900 meters above sea degree. It differs from Lilium henryi in having an rectangular seed capsule; extra distinctively it’s shorter, has a sturdy upright stem and totally different leaf width; it is usually extra frost hardy. First photograph by Arnold Trachtenberg, photographs two to 5 by Darm Criminal, photograph six of a bulb by Pontus Wallstén.


Lilium souliei is a small fritillaria-like species native to Yunnan & Sicuan provinces in addition to SE Tibet. It’s 20-50 cm with a single, occasionaly two flowers.
A plant of excessive elevations, above 3000 m, rising in moist/damp circumstances of low shrubs, primarily Rhododendron. Blooming in June-July.
Images have been taken in Baimashan, NW Yunnan by Oron Peri

Lilium souliei, Oron PeriLilium souliei, NW Yunnan, Oron Peri

Lilium taliense is a fantastic and aromatic Turk’s Cap lily that grows to 1.5 metres tall. The species is present in north-west Yunnan, China. Photographed by David Victor close to Zhongdian, Yunnan, in July 2005.

Lilium taliense, David VictorLilium taliense, David Victor

Lilium taliense var. kaichen This selection identify will not be formally acknowledged and will by no means be. It was given to this lilium as a nick identify and most lily growers have come to understand it as such. This model of L. taliense is from China; it has an open raceme inflorescence, with down dealing with absolutely recurved florets on lengthy pedicels. The flowers are principally white with a yellow face and have darkish inexperienced to close black nectary grooves. Every tepal has a band of brown recognizing working alongside its edges. This lilium struggles in a zone 1 backyard, by no means having extra then 4 florets or exceeding heights of 92 cm (three toes). Images 1-5 by Darm Criminal, photograph 6 of a bulb by Pontus Wallstén.

Photograph by Denis Barthel of a spread that was bought for a few years as Lilium xanthellum, the plant proven was about 6 toes excessive despite the fact that a younger plant.

Lilium taliense, Denis Barthel

Lilium unknown species believed to not be L. poilanei and never L. majoense; neither is it L. brownii. It produces bulbils and can also be stem rooting, rising on cliffs in Vietnamese sub tropical forested areas. Images from Pontus Wallstén.


Lilium wardii is from Tibet and likes a relatively dry atmosphere. It’s going to develop to a top of 150 cm (5 toes). The pink with carmine noticed flowers are sweetly scented and set on lengthy however drooping pedicels in a raceme inflorescence. It’s named after Frank Kingdon-Ward who first collected it. Flower photograph by Darm Criminal. Bulb photographs by Pontus Wallstén.


Lilium wenshanense recognized as a separate species as late as 1990, this lily is known as for Wenshan within the Yunnan province of China the place it’s present in meadows at 1500 m. The stems are 1 to 2 m tall, as many as seven scented flowers develop in a raceme. Pictures by John Lykkegaard Johansen. Bulb photographs by Pontus Wallstén who says they’re characteristically flattened with brief pointed white scales, which will also be gentle pink or gentle yellow if the plant has been within the floor for some time.


Lilium xanthellum is a hardly ever cultivated species from Sichuan in China, which grows at over 10,000 toes and was found as late as 1980. The identify means “little yellow”. Lilium xanthellum luteum is nearer to Lilium fargesii, very small, with small deep yellow purple noticed flowers. Quite a lot of Liliun taliense was bought for a few years mislabelled as Lilium xanthellum luteum.


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