Forrest first found this lily growing in stony alpine meadows on limestone cliffs in Yunnan during 1913 at a height of 10,000-11,000 feet. The
plant collector Dr Rock saw it again in Yunnan in 1949, but only at one single site, and again on the snow-line. A fine, delicate plant with grass-likeand small, cylindrical-shaped, drooping blooms strongly recurved from the lower third of the perianth segments. Fragrant, deep greenish-olivc-yellow, finely spotted with chestnut-brown. Although it flowered in England in 1952, it is not now in cultivation.