The type is L. brownii var. brownii. This exceptionally beautiful funnel-shaped lily, without known place of origin, was probably exported to England from Canton in 1835. It grows 3-4 feet high from a white-yellowish, broad-scaled bulb. The trumpets, about 6 inches long, arise horizontally from the, bloom during July, and are cream-white inside; the purple-pink to chocolate-coloured outside is occasionally
flushed with green. A moderately hardy stem-rooter which does not setand can only be vegctatively multiplied.
L. broivnii var. australe. Occurs in the southern Chinese provinces of Ftikien, Hong Kong, Kwangtung, Kwangsi and Yunnan. A strong-thriving, almost continuously growing plant, but with a smaller bulb andthan var. viriduhim; not winter-hardy in Europe, (NALS-LYB 1959)
L. brovnii var. viriduhim (var. colchesteri Wils.) is found in the wild at an elevation of 5,000 feet throughout almost all of the western Chinese provinces. The large and cream-white bulb is used as food by the inhabitants; the stem grows 39-78 inches high; theare linear lanceolate; the strongly scented are 6 inches long and, although pale-yellow when they first open, soon turn white; their back is marbled in green and purple and the inside outlined with green nectary-furrows. Although also found in the northern Chinese provinces, it is not very easy to cultivate; it flowers during August/September, and sets seed.