Cardiocrinum giganteum

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giant Himalayan lily
Cardiochrinum giganteum 01Hab China Sichuan Danyun Schlucht 16 06 04.jpg
Cardiocrinum giganteum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Subfamily: Lilioideae
Genus: Cardiocrinum
Species: C. giganteum
Binomial name
Cardiocrinum giganteum
(Wall.) Makino.[1]

Lilium giganteum Wall.

Cardiocrinum giganteum, the giant Himalayan lily, is the largest species of any of the lily plants, growing up to 3.5 metres high. It is found in the Himalayas of India, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, China and Myanmar (Burma).[2] It was first described by Nathaniel Wallich[3] in Nepal and was introduced into commercial production (as Lilium giganteum) in Britain in the 1850s. A bulb grown from seed collected by Major Madden flowered in Edinburgh in July 1852, while those collected by Thomas Lobb were first exhibited in flower in May 1853.[4]



  1. ^ Cardiocrinum giganteum on Plants For A Future
  2. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Wallich, Nathaniel. 1824. Tentamen Florae Napalensis Illustratae 1: 21–23, pl. 12–13., as Lilium giganteum
  4. ^ James H. Veitch, Hortus Veitchii (1906), 448