Description

Lilium apertum (Franchet) E. H. Wilson 1925 (formerly Nomocharis aperta)

Origin:
China (SW Sichuan, Xizang, NW Yunnan), N. Myanmar; in broad-leaved forests, bamboo scrub, alpine grasslands; altitude at 3.000 – 3.900 m. Sometimes Lilium apertum shares the same habitat with Lilium souliei but even then seems far more tolerant in cultivation than soulei is.
The habitats of (Lapert2) are defined as follows, Yunnan, Nujiang, Biluo Xueshan, altitude 3.600 – 3.900 m.

Laboratory comment:
This lily shows an aversion towards Agar-Agar. Germination is pretty easy and fast in a liquid sowing medium. When germination occurs, the very young seedlings are replated into a further liquid medium, activated charcoal added, before the first leaf has developed. Most of our sowing-media are charcoal-free. It’s always exciting to observe how coincidences can occasionally direct. We prepared sowing-medium and forgot to add agar-agar to one batch. And then we didn’t want to throw these flasks away, had enough apertum seeds in stock and put them into this liquid medium. Since then this medium-recipe has become one of our favourites when seedlings are sulking.

Propagation:
sowing Lilium apertum # 1 SW ´12.16 (Lapert1)
25% germination, seedlings

sowing Lilium apertum # 2 BO ´01.17 (Lapert2)
25% germination, seedlings (meant for tissue-culture)

sowing Lilium apertum 16-088 # 3 BO ´12.18 (Lapert3)
25% germination, seedlings (meant for tissue-culture)

sowing Lilium apertum yellow pollinia SG # 4 ´02.21 (Lapert4)
source Steve Garvie
sowing (04.21)
germination (05.21)

sowing Lilium apertum blue pollinia SG # 5 ´02.21 (Lapert4)
source Bjornar Olsen coll. 3.35 0m Yaping Pass, Fugong, Nujiang, Yunnan, seed-source of followed generations Steve Garvie

sowing Lilium apertum BO 14-125 SG # ´11.21 (Lapert5)
source Bjornar Olsen, coll. Nujiang, Yunnan / China


Lilium apertum BO 14-125 SG # ´11.21 (Lapert5)
source Bjornar Olsen, coll. Nujiang, Yunnan / China


Lilium apertum in courtesy of Alan Mitchell

product-image in courtesy of Alan Mitchell