Is this a lily?

snasxs(7-8 VA)November 8, 2007

Picture taken in Western China:

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kayman

Notholirion bulbuliferum.

Notholirion means false lily so, a close relation but not a true lily.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2007 at 4:37PM
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snasxs(7-8 VA)

Thanks kayman. I mistake it as a lily. Do they have easy-to-tell difference?

    Bookmark   November 11, 2007 at 12:35AM
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kayman

Your picture doesn't show it, but most of the leaves would have been in a basal rosette. The flower stalk, when it appears (Notholirion are monocarpic), has only a few small leaves. None of the true lilies are like that, their stems are clothed in leaves more or less to the top and mature bulbs don't keep any basal leaves.

Also, if you had seen the bulb, it would have been tunicate - the old leaf bases would have been wrapped around it like a tulip bulb.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2007 at 3:38PM
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snasxs(7-8 VA)

I am a little confused by "monocarp". Are these annuals or perennials?

    Bookmark   November 11, 2007 at 8:32PM
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kayman

Monocarpic: a perennial that only flowers once, then dies. Notholirion are supposed to make plenty of offsets before flowering, so that the original bulb flowering doesn't mean it's lost. That isn't my experience with bulbuliferum. Those I've grown don't seem to offset at all and need to be restarted from seed.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2007 at 12:01PM
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snasxs(7-8 VA)

I see. I think tulips are also monocarpic bulbs.

I will check how the offsets of bulbuliferum look like. It will be easier for a gardener if a bulb comes back where it was last year, without the need to reseed.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2007 at 12:29PM
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kayman

"I think tulips are also monocarpic bulbs."

Lots of the things I try to grow turn out to be none-o-carpic...

    Bookmark   November 12, 2007 at 5:59PM
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