Lilium distichum

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Lilium distichum
Lilium distichum.jpg
Flowers of Lilium distichum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Lilium
Species: L. distichum
Binomial name
Lilium distichum
Nakai, 1917

Lilium distichum is an Asian species herbaceous plant of the lily family which is native to northeastern China (Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning), Korea, and eastern Russia (Primorye, Amur Krai, Khabarovsk).[1][2]

Lilium distichum flourishes among shrubs and in forests. It grows from 2–4 ft. (50–120 cm) tall. The stem is cylindrical and slender with a single whorl of leaves mid–way up the stem. It also has much smaller oval leaves sparsely, alternately on the upper stem.[2]

The flowers are yellow–orange or orange–vermillion with the petals spotted in purple, somewhat ‘flatfaced’ in appearance with irregular distribution of petals around the face of the flower forming a fanshape. The tips of the petals are reflexed. 2–10 flowers are carried on an inflorescence in July and August.[2][3][4][5]

The name distichum refers to the two types of leaves the plant carries.[6]


  1. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ a b c Flora of China, Vol. 24 Page 138 东北百合 dong bei bai he Lilium distichum Nakai ex Kamibayashi, Chosen Yuri Dzukai. t. 7. 1915
  3. ^ Kharkevich, S.S. (ed.) (1987). Plantae Vasculares Orientalis Extremi Sovietici 2: 1-448. Nauka, Leningrad.
  4. ^ Czerepanov, S.K. (1995). Vascular Plants of Russia and Adjacent States (The Former USSR): 1-516. Cambridge University Press.
  5. ^ Denisov, N. (2008). Addition to Vascular flora of the Kozlov island (Peter the Great Gulf, Japanese sea). Turczaninowia 11(4): 29-42.
  6. ^ Guide to Plant Names, Allen J. Coombes, Hamlyn, London. 1992. ISBN 0-600-57545-4