Plant Species of San Jacinto Mountain: Lilium parryi, Lemon Lily

Lemon Lily or Parry's Lily, Lilium parryi, is one of the special treasures of the San Jacinto Mountains. It grows mainly in the mountain ranges of southern California, with the only other population a small population in southeastern Arizona.

Unfortunately, humans have not treated this species well. It used to be extremely abundant in the San Bernardino Mountains and the San Jacinto Mountains, but those populations have been extirpated in many places primarily due to the bulb collectors digging up thousands of bulbs circa 1901. See The Decline of Lemon Lilies in the Idyllwild Area.

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