2007/07/25

Yama Yuri

I came across a lily plant that we didn't know we had. Odd how much pops up that is new to us on such a small property. This one was hiding between two other large plants along our back wall, so wasn't obvious until it produced two beautiful blossoms.

Anyway, this is a "Lilium auratum", a type of lily which is called "yama yuri" in Japan. The name yuri is used to describe all lilies and comes from an old word, yuru, which means "swing". The lily was named for the way it swings in the breeze. Lilies were considered to be sacred in ancient times and there are festivals dedicated to the flower. Fifteen of the world's ninety six lily species are indigenous to Japan. Yama yuri means "mountain lily" as that is where it is often found, though it is also the most common lily here on the main island of Honshu.

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Yama Yuri has a large blossom. Ours is about 20 cm across (~ 8 inches)


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A green spider with interesting markings lives on this blossom.


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On close inspection, what at first glance looks like a "face", turns out to be markings on the abdomen.


The blossoms have a nice, light, sweet fragrance. Now that I know we have a yama yuri, I'll wait until it's done blooming and then move it to a more visible location - perhaps outside the kitchen sliding glass door - where we can enjoy it more.

10 comments:

ladybug said...

Wow, those are totally awesome pics! What kind of camera do you use? Flowers are just the kind of thing Snabby like to photograph!

Pandabonium said...

Ladybug - thanks. It's a "Canon PowerShot S3 IS" digital camera, which I just got 3 months ago. Has a really nice lens which allows super close up shots in addition to a 12x optical zoom. Still learning to use all its features.

Don Snabulus said...

That is a beautiful lily. We have a big patch of rusty orange lilies behind the house, but I can't bring myself to like them. I would much rather have these.

QUASAR9 said...

Nature at its best
Magical Beauty Colour & Light.

Mind you Pandabonium, what's this I hear you been blowing Your Top in Hawaii

Pandabonium said...

Snabby - Thanks. I think they're all beautiful. It's the season for them. Moody has a picture of his posted as well - pretty white ones. Maybe you can trade the bulbs for a different variety. (Like you have time for that sort of thing).

Quasar9 - thanks! I hadn't read that news yet. Always a beautiful sight - especially the glowing lava at night.

Swinebread said...

Incredible shots.

Martin J Frid said...

Great closeups of both lily and super-scary badd-ass spider!

Not sure you should move that beauty though, maybe it is quite happy where it is, in its own little spot where it has thrived (ok, just my five yen).

Pandabonium said...

SB - arigatou.

Martin - arigatou. you may be right about leaving it where it is. I'll reconsider that idea.

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Superb photos. Alas, I have no camera. Peceli took it to Fiji for six weeks! The designs in nature always amaze me, especially when you get really close to tiny details.
w.

Pandabonium said...

W - I hope Peceli has a good trip and makes good use of your camera! Nature is full of fascinating structures, I agree.