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 'Lilium jinfushanense'

'Lilium jinfushanense'

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This is one of those mystery lilies. Alan Mitchell of Scotland reported when he forwarded these two photos, "It’s obviously related to Lilium taliense, but the flower colour and darker leaf colour makes me wonder if it’s an intermediate form between L. taliense and L. lijiangense, which varies from almost spotless bright yellow to very heavily spotted dull yellow. However, that’s pure speculation".

L. jinfushanense Peng & Wang 1986. Found growing in forests in SE Sichuan, Nanchuan Xian at 1800 to 2200 m. The Board of Trustees, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have sited Gao, Y.D. & Gao, X.F. (2014). Taxonomic notes on Chinese Lilium which says L. jinfashanense is justified as being a synoymy for L. talense (Franchet) by demonstrating the existence of continuous morphological variation which they observed in the field and among herbarium specimens.

Is it a true species or a variant of L. taliense or an intermediate form between L. taliense and L. lijiangense, only time and a great deal of study will tell.

Title photo and insert courtesy of and copyright Alan Mitchell, all rights reserved. Used with permission.
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