Western Lily

2024 CEOregon and California

"With a flower as beautiful as the western lily's, it isn't surprising that horticultural collecting and flower picking are among the greatest threats to this species." Found in Califorina and Oregon, "accessible populations have been decimated by members of the public who wild-collect plants . . . Land development, agricultural conversion, and soil compaction have been responsible for the destruction of most populations. Historically, 58 populations were known. Now, only 28 sites are known to contain plants with an additional nine presumed, but not confirmed, to be extant. One tragic instance of habitat destruction illustrates the change in public opinion and government policy over the last 30 years. In the 1960s, a public restroom was built directly over a known population at Shore Acres State Park. The population was completely destroyed."

"Plant Profile: Western Lily (Lilium occidentale)," Center for Plant Conservation.

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