Pine Lily Facts
- First of all, the simple term of Pine Lily serves as the common name of a beautiful, but often under appreciated variety of lily. However, it also goes by several other common names. These include the leopard lily, the southern-red lily, and the Catesby’s lily. In addition to these, the delicate beauty also possesses the difficult to pronounce scientific name of the Lilium catesbaei.
- Further, the seemingly delicate appearance of this flora belies its character. That’s because the work of Nature actually displays a remarkable degree of adaptability. In point of fact, it evolved to inhabit environments normally inhospitable to most types of lilies. Additionally, while it typically blooms from late Summer to Fall, this varies depending upon its exact geographical location.
- Quite surprisingly, the IUCN does not yet list the Pine Lily on its Red List of Threatened Species. Nevertheless, it must be considered to be at risk, due to several factors. One of these consists of habitat loss. This holds true mainly due to human encroachment on its natural habitat. However, given the nature of its habitat, its most serous threat no doubt consists of ongoing climate change.
Pine Lily Physical Description
Perhaps most notably, the truly gorgeous Pine Lily remains a physically impressive type of flora, in addition to its beauty. In point of fact, it ranks as the largest variety of lily on the continent on which it evolved. Further, that actually holds true because of its measurements in entirely two separate categories.
Firstly, the long and thin, yet relatively strong, straight stalk attains an average height of roughly 2 ft (61 cm). Secondly, atop these stalks, the plant produces beautiful, large flowers that attain an average width of roughly 6 in (15 cm). Thirdly, each of the stalks also possesses only a few, comparatively small leaves.
Also, each of the large, magnificent blooms of the Pine Lily produces a total of six separate tepals. These bend sharply outward from the center. Within the center stands a total of six thin stalks, topped with small structures, in which it produces its seeds. Colors vary significantly, but tend to be bright, primarily orange, with multiple spots.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Phylum: Angiosperms
- Class: Monocots
- Order: Liliales
- Family: Liliaceae
- Genus: Lilium
- Species: L. catesbaei
Pine Lily Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
Quite unfortunately, the visually beautiful and impressive species commonly known as the Pine Lily inhabits a somewhat restricted range. For the moment, though, it remains unknown if this marvelous flora ever possessed a greater range. However, given its particular requirements, this appears to be unlikely.
That range of habitation consists of only a certain, relatively small portion of North America. More specifically, it evolved as endemic to the coastal regions of the southeastern portion of the United States. As a result, the plant appears in an area that extends roughly along the east coast, from Alabama to Virginia.
Further, the majority of its numbers appear in the state of Florida. But, that’s understandable, given its physical needs. That’s because this variety of lily typically prefers very damp areas and requires a specific environment to thrive. This includes warm temperatures, high humidity, and acidic soil conditions.
Finally, although the remarkable Pine Lily requires warmth, it does not tolerate direct sunlight well. Yet, the astonishing Angiosperm also prefers a very specific, and comparatively uncommon, soil type. Incredibly, this fabulous wonder of Nature actually prefers regions containing a relatively high level of acidity.