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Lloydia serotina
alpine lily
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: In the Olympic and Cascade mountains of Washington; Alaska south to Oregon, east to Montana and Alberta, and south in the Rockies to New Mexico.

Habitat: Gravelly ridges, cliffs and rock crevices at high elevations.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Herbaceous perennial from short, thick rhizomes, the erect flowering stems 5-15 cm. tall; several brownish, withered bracts persist over-winter at the base of the stem.


Basal leaves 4-10 cm. long and about 1 mm. broad; cauline leaves 2-4, much shorter and 1-2 mm. broad.


Flowers usually solitary, occasionally 2; tepals 6, all alike, white with purplish veins, oblong to broadly oblanceolate, 6-12 mm. long; stamens 6, inserted at the base of the tepals, about half as long as the tepals, equaling the single style; ovary 3-celled.


Capsule obovoid, 6-8 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Lloydia serotina (L.) Salisb. ex Rchb.
Publication: Fl. Germ. Excurs. 102. 1830.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Bulbocodium serotinum L.
var. serotina – alpine lily
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Lloydia serotina in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Lloydia serotina checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Lloydia serotina atlas page.

CalPhotos: Lloydia serotina photos.

USDA Plants: Lloydia serotina information.

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