Flowers of Lilium nepalense

Flowers of Lilium nepalense

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Caption: Flowers of Lilium nepalense. L. nepalense is a native of the Himalayas, growing at between 1000 and 3000m above sea level. Its growth habit is stoloniferous; the bulb develops a upright stem, and also horizontal stems (stolons). These grow under the soil surface, eventually terminating in a new shoot, and so propagating a new plant. In horticulture, new plants may appear at some distance from the original bulb. Lily flowers show three-fold symmetry. Each has 3 petals and 3 sepals, showing a similar colour pattern, sometimes referred to as the "tepals". In the centre of the flower are 6 stamens ending in pollen-bearing anthers. The club-shaped structure at the centre of the flower is the stigma, borne on a green style. The flowers are pendulous and unscented during daylight hours. In the evening, they develop a heavy scent. L. nepalense is an attractive hardy perennial garden plant.

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Keywords: anther, biological, biology, botanical, botany, bulb, flower, garden plant, lilium nepalense, lily, petal, sepal, stamen, stigma, stoloniferous plant, style, tepal

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