Wild Florida Photo - Lilium superbum - Turk's cap lily
Turk's cap lily
Endangered Florida species
In Florida a rare plant of hammocks in the panhandle counties of Jefferson, Leon and Liberty. While the primary range is the Appalachian mountains, Lilium superbum
is also found in scattered locations west to the Mississippi River, plus Arkansas and Missouri. It requires shaded ground and is usually in moist areas such as wet meadows or damp places on wooded slopes.
This plant can reach a height of 3 meters with a stiff, straight stem. The elliptic to lanceolate leaves are whorled and widest at the middle. The flowers appear in summer and are drooping with six recurved orange and yellow tepals
with darker spots.Each tepal has a green wedge at the base, forming a star pattern. This green in the flower helps to distinguish Turk's cap lily from Carolina lily (L. michauxii)
, which also has leaves that are widest above the middle.
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Lilium superbum is a member of the Liliaceae - Lily family.
Other species of the Lilium genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
Lilium catesbaei - PINE LILY
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants (Institute for Systemic Botany) profile for this species
Wildflowers of the Southeastern United States profile for this species
USDA Plant Profile for this species
Date record last modified: Aug 07, 2016