Bateman's Lily
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Bateman's Lily
ntroduced Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Bateman's Lily
Botanical name: Lilium x maculatum Cv. 'Batemanniae'    Family: Liliaceae (Lily family)
Synonyms: Lilium elegans var. Batemanniae, Lilium batemanniae

Bateman's Lily is a beautiful cultivar of the Japanese Sukashi-yuri lily. It has flowers which pale orange-red or apricot, sometimes tinged pink, unspotted. Tepals are smooth or nearly so inside, little or no clawing at base, slender. Flowers are borne in clusters of 1-12, each one 3-5 inches in diameter. The plant is late flowering. Stems are up to 3.5 ft and smooth. Leaves are 5-12 cm long, 0.6-1.9 cm wide. Authors have considered 'Batemanniae' to be a later blooming, improved form. Japanese research has suggested that this is actually an interspecific hybrid. It was well known in Japan in the 19th century, and much admired. It was named for Maria Sybilla Bateman, a lily enthusiast of the late 1900's in London. In 1935 it was given an Award of Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society, well after its introduction (at least by 1891), but by 1956 it was considered lost to virus disease.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Hazuribagh Garden, Srinagar, Kashmir.
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