Lemon lily is a slender-stemmed perennial growing
to 5' tall in moist, springy areas, wet meadows and along shaded stream
banks from 4000' to 9000'. The leaves tend to be somewhat scattered
in young plants and as they age develop into 1-8 whorls. The individual
leaves are usually quite linear and are 3"-6" long. There
are 1-several showy fragrant flowers which are bright lemon-yellow in
color with occasional maroon spots, and six perienth segments,
with the sepals and petals appearing much the same. The tips of
these segments are turned back but not as much as with Lilium humboldtii.
The stamens are about the same length as the perianth, but because
the perianth parts are reflexed, they generally appear exserted. The
anthers are a pale magenta-brown and the pistil is about 4" long.
Although uncommon, tt may be found in montane coniferous forest
in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mts, and in the Peninsular Range.
It blooms from July to August.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Lilium
Pronunciation: LIL-ee-um PARE-ee-eye.
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