Wild Lily: L. iridollae M. G. Henry 1947

North America, south Alabama and north-western Florida. Grows in peaty meadows and sphagnum marshes.

Small, white bulbs growing from thin stolons. The upper half of the stem, 3-5 feet high, is almost devoid of leaves, while the lower portion bears whorls of lanceolate leaves. The nodding, recurved, Martagon-type flowers are usually borne singly, although up to eight blooms have been observed. The warm, golden-yellow, heavily brown-spotted flowers appear during June/July, and are marked with green nectary furrows.

L. iridollae was first discovered in the swampy ground of southern Alabama by Mrs Mary G. Henry during 1940; it is related to L. canadensc and L. superhum, and seed germinates within one or two months from sowing.

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