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Lilies:Do they have seeds?

Postby Navin » Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:44 am

I have a lily grown at home called the spider lily or Hymenocallis pedalis. The flower has 5 stamens and a pistil. one would expect this flower to produce a fruit with seeds. However, no fruits come and therefore I cannot obtain any seeds.
Is this true for all lilies? Do they only reproduce by bulbs?
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Postby bearhug » Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:51 am

Actually lilies are monocots so they do have seeds.
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Postby Navin » Thu Feb 23, 2006 2:03 pm

Have you ever seen or obtained the seeds?
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Postby bearhug » Thu Feb 23, 2006 9:03 pm

I don't know about lily reproduction specifically but I do have lilies in my room as we speak. Ever since you asked your question I have been looking for some form of a seed in them. One thing I recently noticed is that one of the flowers is dripping a clear thick liquid at the tip of the carpel. I'm researching to see if this liquid contains a "seed" and the lily drips the embryo into the ground to continue it's cycle of life. I wish I had a slide and a microscope. :) It's pretty cool.
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Postby MrMistery » Fri Feb 24, 2006 6:38 pm

actually i think that liquid is there to "catch" the pollen...
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Postby Navin » Sat Feb 25, 2006 2:52 am

Yes I agree with MrMistery. Normally the stigma will have a sticky liquid so that the pollen grains will stick itself to the stigma and grow its pollen tube.

I really wanted to know if lilies have seeds, so what I did was to pollinate the flowers in my garden by using a paintbrush. I hope it works!
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