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Lilium

See list of 4 species in this genus

Details of the flower (e.g., tepal color, tepal shape, flower orientation) are often distorted or obscured in pressing. Noting these features on herbarium labels will assist with identification at a later date. Reference: Skinner (2002).

  • 1a. Leaves alternate throughout, with bulbils in the upper axils; mature buds evenly tapering to a ± flat apex with 3 green, apical, rounded processes
  • 1b. Leaves mostly or all whorled, without axillary bulbils; mature buds not as above
    • 2a. Flowers erect; tepals with a distinct, abruptly narrowed, basal portion [Fig. 157]; inflorescence with 1–3 flowers
    • 2b. Flowers nodding; tepals gradually narrowed in the basal portion; inflorescence 
with (1–) 2–22 flowers
      • 3a. Style similar in color to the tepals; tepals merely somewhat recurved, the outer tepals lacking abaxial ridges; buds round in cross-section; margins and veins of leaf blades roughened on the abaxial surface with triangular epidermal spicules
      • 3b. Style pale green; tepals strongly recurved, forming a “Turk’s-cap” perianth, the outer tepals with 2 faint, abaxial ridges; buds triangular in cross-section; margins and veins of the leaf blades not roughened on the abaxial surface

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