Lilium michiganense Farw. - Michigan Lily


 

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Lilium michiganense - (image 1 of 4)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Liliaceae

Habitat

Prairies, moist woodlands, calcareous fens. Also the thickets at prairie edges.

Associates

 

Distribution

Western NY west to MN and SD, south to TN and AK.

Morphology

Erect, herbaceous perennial to 6' high. Leaves lanceolate, in whorls of 4-10,  to 5" long. Stems glabrous. Flowers orange-red with darker spots, nodding; perianth segments strongly recurved, almost to the floral tube; petals and sepals 3, similar; stamens 6, anthers 0.5-1.5 cm. Fruit a capsule.

Notes

Flowers mid June to early August.

Wetland indicator: FACW

Similar to Turk's-cap Lily (L. superbum) but with more scabrous leaf margins, shorter anthers, and a more western distribution. Lilium michiganense is more likely to be found in and around fens, whereas L. superbum is more typical of river flood plains.

 

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY.

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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