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4. Lilium L., Sp. Pl. 302. 1753. Gen. Pl. ed. 5. 143. 1754; Woodcock & Stearn, Lilies of the World: 23. 1950; Wendelbo in Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 165: 58. 1990; Tamura in Kubitzki, Fam. Genera Vasc. Pl. 3: 352. 1998.

S.I. Ali

Department of Botany, University of Karachi, Karachi-75270, Pakistan

Lilium polyphyllum

Credit: Abrar Ali

Perennial herbs; bulb of many fleshy scales, lacking a tunic. Cauline leaves alternate, rarely whorld; sessile to subsessile, linear to linear-lanceolate. Inflorescence terminal, solitary or a raceme. Tepals 6, free, white, yellow, greenish or reddish to purplish, nectariferous near base adaxially; nectarines usually narrowly grooved at tepal bases. Stamens 6, filaments filiform, sometimes hairy. Anthers dorsifixed versatile. Pistil tricarpellary, ovary trilocular, axile placentation; ovules many per locule. Style elongated, stigma 3-lobed. Fruit a loculicidal capsule; seeds many, flat, narrowly winged all round.

A genus with c. 115 species, distributed in Northern Hemisphere, especially in E. Asia; represented in Pakistan by only one species.

Lower Taxon


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