Stem bulbil of Lilium lancifolium

Stem bulbil of Lilium lancifolium

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: An axillary stem bulbil of the Tiger lily, Lilium lancifolium, photographed in late summer. The picture shows the junction between the lily stem (vertical, right), and a leaf ( green, right centre to lower left). At the junction, a bud has developed into a bulbil; a small detachable bulb-like entity that can develop into a new plant. The bulbil has produced a root while still in situ ( cream hue), the tip of which has withered due to dry summer conditions. Later in the season, this bulbil will drop to the ground and might develop into a new plant, self-propagating. Bulbils represent a convenient means for gardeners to propagate varieties of lily that produce them, since if detached and planted into pots of soil, they produce flowering size plants a year or two more rapidly than propagating the plant by seed

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Keywords: biological, biology, botanical, botany, bulbil, lilium lancifolium, lily, plant propagation, root, seed, self-propagation, tiger lily

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