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The plant was first described scientifically in 1824 by Nathaniel Wallich. The species 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.
^Henry John Elwes: A monograph of the genus Lilium; illustrated by W.H. Fitch. Taylor and Francis, London 1880
^Xinqi Chen; Prof. Song-Yun Liang; Jie-mei Xu; David E. Boufford; Michael G. Gilbert; Rudolf V. Kamelin; Shoichi Kawano; Tetsuo Koyama; Elena V. Mordak; Junko Noguchi; Victor G. Soukup; Hiroshi Takahashi; Kamilla G. Tamanian; Minoru N. Tamura; Nicholas J. Turland. "Flora of China".|chapter= ignored (help)
^Wallich, Nathaniel. 1824. Tentamen Florae Napalensis Illustratae 1: 21–23, pl. 12–13., as Lilium giganteum