Lilium rhodopaeum

Lilium rhodopaeum

The Rodopean lily is out of any doubt the most spectacular species of this genus on the Balkans. It was discovered relatively recently and described for the science in 1952. Thought to be Bulgarian endemic for a long time, it was not so far ago found on the other side of the border, in the Greek part of Rodopi Mts. In Bulgaria there are just a few localities in the Central and Eastern Rodopi Mts, which makes the lily one of the utmost rare plants in this country (nonetheless here it is more widespread than in Greece). Its habitat are mountain hay meadows and stony grasslands. The flowering period is in June and July. Due to its extreme rarity the Rodopean lily is considered to be Critically endangered in Bulgaria and is included on the national Red Data Book. It is also strictly protected plant, according to the Biodiversity Act.

© Boris Assyov

© Boris Assyov