Friday, December 6, 2013


Shirui Lily or Siroi lily, Lilium mackliniae

 is a species of plant which can be found in the upper reaches of the Siroi hill ranges in the Ukhrul District of Manipur, India, at an elevation of 1,730–2,590 metres (5,680–8,500 ft) above sea level.

This shade-loving lily has pale bluish-pink petals. In the wild it flowers in the monsoon months of June and July. They are seasonal flowering plants and at their best in May and June when it blooms.]The peak season of its bloom is May 15 to June 5. The height of the plant is 1–3 feet (0.30–0.91 m). and has 1-7 flowers per plant.

The lily gets its name from Macklin, the family name of Jean, the second wife of plant-hunter Frank Kingdon-Ward; it was discovered in 1946. The lily won the Merit prize of the 1948 Royal Horticultural Society at a Flower Show in London (but no longer holds an Award of Garden Merit). The plant is about a foot tall. 

The leaves are longish and narrow like most lilies. The flowers are pinkish white, delicately flushed pink at the base, and hang looking down. In fact, in Manipur the flower is compared to a beautiful and modest girl. In 

Manipur the plant blooms in May–June, and is a local tourist attraction.
It is the state flower of Manipur.
Siroi Lily
Siroi lily growing in its native habitat, the Shirui Hill, Ukhrul, Manipur.
Scientific classification
Species:L. mackliniae
Binomial name
Lilium mackliniae

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