Lilium formosum China, Ernest Henry Wilson, 1910

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 12, 2019

Lilium formosum China, Ernest Henry Wilson, 1910

Lilium formosum China, Ernest Henry Wilson, 1910

Lilium formosum China, Ernest Henry Wilson, 1910

Lilium formosum Franch. Pa-chou, North Central Szechuan, China. Flowers. Color white, interior suffused with yellow. Altitude 2100 ft. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 15.5 x 20.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Lilium formosum China, Ernest Henry Wilson, 1910

Alternate Title: Flower
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson, 1876-1930, American, English
July 14, 1910

A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images.

Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest traveled of all the Arnold Arboretum’s plant explorers and collectors of the early twentieth century. It is not an overstatement to credit Wilson with bringing eastern Asian botany, history, and culture to widespread interest in western society, nor to exaggerate the introduction of thousands of Asian plant species to western gardens.

This photograph was taken during Wilson’s Fourth Expedition to China—The Second for The Arnold Arboretum, 1910-1911. The main objective of this expedition was to collect cones and seeds of conifers in the central and southwestern China. In September of 1910, Wilson’s leg was seriously injured when his caravan was caught in a landslide near Chengtu. The accident cut this expedition short, but Wilson had previously made arrangements to have bulbs of Lilium regale collected, prepared for shipment and sent to Arnold Arboretum.

Join us on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 for the 72nd Annual International Lily Show at the Arnold Arboretum.

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