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Lily Bulb - 'L. primulinum var. ochraceum' (Species or Wild Lily)
This photo taken by Boyd Kline between 1947 and 1950 is the only photo we have ever seen. Labeled simply as 'L. ochraceum' resulted in a great deal of time figuring out exactly what this lily was. 'L. ochraceum' back in the "old days" was the name this lily came under, but it was later classified as L. primulinum var. ochraceum.
Smaller and not as a dramatic appearing lily as L. primulinum var. burmanicum, found in upper Burma, this form was found not only in rocky ravines of SE Yunnan as also in open grass meadows at elevations up to about 8000 feet.
This historic old photo of an extremely rare species from Bill and Mary Hoffman as flowered by Edgar Kline in the late 1940's.
Wild Lily bulbs making up the genus Lilium belong to the family Liliaceae comprising of approximately 200 genera made up of approximately 2,000 lily species. There are in the neighborhood of 110 to 120 Lilium species depending on whose classification you reference. For the full article, click Knowledge Base