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Re: Tiger Lily

Ooops!  The main reason I was so curious was re its susceptibility to viruses.  
Brent & Becky's Bulbs suggests that Tiger Lily splendens be grown apart from 
other lilies.

> Mardi,
> Re your Tiger Lily, I found a lot of ambiguous information but narrowed things 
> down to something that makes sense.  You said, "the tiger lily was marked 
> Lilium tigrinum splendens"  I knew that tigrinum had been changed to 
> lancifolium.  In newer taxonomy two names in lower case are no longer 
> permitted, but this did occur when tigrinum was used.  However, it could also 
> have been that the "var." (variety) portion had been dropped, or that it was 
> actually a cultivar name which should have been capitalized. Several different 
> sites I visited exhibited all sorts of different combinations of what I've just 
> described.  According to:
> http://www.the-genus-lilium.com/lancifolium.htm
> there are at least 3 known varieties of Lilium lancifolium besides the strict 
> species.
> L.l. var. flaviflorum: flowers lemmon-yellow, diploid
> L.l. var. plenescens (Syn. L. tigrinum flore pleno): smaller variety with 
> double flowers
> L.l. var. splendens: in all parts larger and more robust
> So I'm pretty sure your Tiger Lily is a variety of the species, not a hybrid 
> (as I found no indication anywhere of another parent) but it is often marketed 
> as a hybrid- probably because the catalogs figure their customers may not 
> understand the term "variety".  
> The name should be Lilium lancifolium var. splendens.
> The Tiger Lily was used for a lot hybridization, especially the 'Midcentury 
> Hybrids'.  One well-known Mid-C Hybrid is 'Enchantment'.  Fantastic, vigorous, 
> floriferous Asiatic Hybrid Lily.
> Still, I'm working off the internet.  I'd like to recheck this with my 
> references when I get home.  It's possible taxonomists made changes on this 
> since the internet info I was able to find was researched and/or published.
> Perhaps none of this matters to you.  You didn't ask; I did.  so I guess I'm 
> just answering my own question and simply sharing the results with anyone 
> interested.  I'd also like to know if anyone else on the list knows more about 
> this lily and its name and whether I got it right.
> Kitty
> > Kitty, the tiger lily was marked Lilium tigrinum splendens.  Maybe it isn't
> > a hybrid after all.
> > Sure is pretty, though, if you can keep the pollen off your clothes when
> > you pass by!
> > Mardi
> > Iowa z4b
> > 
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