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Lilium oxypetalum

Lilium oxypetalum (syn:Nomocharis oxypetala)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Lilium
Species: L. oxypetalum
Binomial name
Lilium oxypetalum

Lilium oxypetalum (synonymous with Nomocharis oxypetala) is a small to medium herb of the lily family which grows to a height of 20-30cm, it is native to the N. W. Himalayas. It grows as a single stem from a bulb preferring a cool, shady position in moist, acid soil. The green stem is tinged with purple and supports a scattering of linear to lanceolate leaves, sometimes in a whorl beneath the flowers. The leaves are up to 7cm long. The yellow, semi-pendant, unscented flowers are produced in early summer in ones or twos on slender stems. The flowers are shaped like a shallow bowl, up to 5cm across and have a scattering of purple spots near the centre.[1]

Oxypetalum (oxee`pet`alum) means sharp petalled.[2]

The variety insigne produces purple flowers.[1]


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