Lilium kelleyanum

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Lilium kelleyanum
Kelley's lily
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Scientific classification
L. kelleyanum
Binomial name
Lilium kelleyanum

Lilium kelleyanum is a California species of lily known by the common name Kelley's lily.[2] It grows primarily in wetlands in the Sierra Nevada as well as in the Coast Ranges and southern Cascades in the northern part of the state.[3][4]


Lilium kelleyanum is a perennial herb known to exceed two meters in height. It originates from a scaly, elongated bulb up to about 8 centimetres (3.1 in) long. The oval leaves are located in several whorls about the stem, each up to 15 centimetres (5.9 in) long and drooping at the tip. The inflorescence bears up to 25 large, nodding lily flowers. The flower is bell-shaped with 6 strongly recurved yellow to orange tepals up to 6 centimetres (2.4 in) long. There are 6 stamens with large red anthers and a pistil which may be over 3 centimetres (1.2 in) long. The flowers are pollinated by swallowtails.[5]


  1. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Flora of North America Vol. 26 Page 187 Kelley’s lily Lilium kelleyanum Lemmon, Sierra Club Bull. 4: 300. 1903.
  3. ^ Biota of North America Program, 2014 county distribution map
  4. ^ Calflora taxon report, Lilium kelleyanum Lemmon Kelley's lily
  5. ^ "Lilium kelleyanum Lemmon". Flora of North America. 1903. p. 300.

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