Common name: Formosan Lily
Lilium formosanum A.Wallace APNI*
Description: Perennial herb; bulb scales thickened, lanceolate; aerial stem annual, erect, slender, 0.5–2 m high.
Leaves alternate, linear to lanceolate, to 15 cm long, mostly 5–10 mm wide, smaller up stem.
Flowers terminal, 1–8, horizontal to ± ascending, fragrant; pedicels 5–15 mm long. Tepals oblanceolate, 10–15 cm long, white with mauvish central line. Stamens c. 10 cm long; anthers cylindrical, 8–10 mm long, yellow to purplish. Ovary 3–3.5 cm long; style 7–8 cm long; stigma 3-fid, whitish to greenish.
Capsule cylindrical, 5–8 cm long, 1–2 cm diam.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in disturbed sites, usually in friable soils, often along roadsides; widely naturalized in the Blue Mtns and in coastal regions, south from Hat Head. Native of Taiwan.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Vic.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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