- Flower nameGolden-banded lily
- Scientific nameLilium auratum
- Aliasgold-banded lily, 山百合, Lilium auratum, yamayuri
- Place of originJapan
- Place of floweringLow mountains
- Flowering seasonJuly, August
What is Golden-banded lily
Lilium auratum, yama-yur or golden-banded lily, (Scientific Name: Lilium auratum) is a bulbous plant of the lily family, Liliumceae, native to Japan. It grows wild at the edge of forests in the mountains north of the Kinki region. It grows to a height of about 1 to 1.5 meters. The leaves are green, lanceolate, 10 to 15 cm long, and alternate. In summer, it produces beautiful large flowers with six fragrant flower capsules. The petals are white with a central radiating golden band and scattered small bright orange clusters. Each plant has up to 20 flowers, 6 stamens with red anthers and 1 pistil. The bulb is about 10 cm in diameter, oblong-shaped, and edible, hence the name "lily of the valley". It is also called 'gold-banded lily' in English because of the gold banding on the flower capsule.
A variant of the mountain lily (L. auratum) is Red-banded lily (scientific name: Lilium auratum var. rubrovittatum) which is endemic to Japan and has a red band.
Common Name: Golden-banded lily, Scientific Name: Lilium auratum, aka :Lilium auratum, yamayuri=mountain lily, Habitat distribution: Kinki Region and northwards, Environment: Forest margin in mountainous areas, Plant height: 100-150 cm, Leaf inflorescence: alternate, Leaves color: green, Flowers color: white,Number of flower pieces: 6, Number of stamens: 6, number of pistils: 1, flowering season: July-August, Flower diameter: 15-18 cm, fruit type: capsule.