Lilium speciosum

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Lilium speciosum
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Lilium
Species: L. speciosum
Binomial name
Lilium speciosum

Lilium speciosum, sometimes called the Japanese lily (though there are other species with this common name), is a lily native to Japan where it can be found on elevations of 600–900 metres (2,000–3,000 ft). It is 1.2 metres (3 ft 11 in) by 0.3 metres (1 ft 0 in) in diameter and blooms from August to September.[1] The flowers are white to pink in colour, and strongly scented. It is later flowering than most other species. Many garden forms are in cultivation, and the species has been widely used for breeding of garden forms.

L. speciosum contains phenolic glycosides, such as 6′-O-feruloylsucrose and (25R,26R)-26-methoxyspirost-5-en-3β-ol 3-O-α-l-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→2)-β-d-glucopyranoside, and steroidal saponins.[2]


  1. ^ "Lilium speciosum". PFAF. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ Yoshihiro Mimaki and Yutaka Sashida (1991). Steroidal and phenolic constituents of Lilium speciosum 30 (3). Phytochemistry. pp. 937–940. doi:10.1016/0031-9422(91)85283-6.