Monday, May 08, 2006

Lilium Candidum


Lilium Candidum; Madonna Lily

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum : Magnoliophyta
Class : Liliopsida
Order : Liliales
Family : Liliaceae
Genus : Lilium
Species : Lilium Candidum
Range : S.W.Asia. Naturalized in Europe
Habitat : Rocky slopes and in scrub to 600 meters
Epithets: Candidum~ very white

Liliaceae, the lily family has approximately 294 genera with 4500 species, and every member of every genus produces flowers consisting of six segments or petals and six stamens, which are the male reproductive structure of the flower. Three of the six petals often are referred to as sepals-the outer covering of the flower that protects its reproductive structures.
The scented flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are polluted by bees.
It produces stiff, erect stems, 3 to 5 feet high, clothed with lance-shaped leaves. The flowers appear in June, flowering into July and has a strong sweet penetrating perfume.

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