What is the Common Name Liliaceae?
Lily is the common name for the Liliaceae, a plant family numbering several species, widely distributed over the earth and particularly abundant in warm temperate and tropical regions. Some forms (Lilium longiflorum, L. candidum, oriental lilies) are highly perfumed but white only; others (asiatic lilies) are highly colored but scent-free.
In Christian symbolism, the lily represents purity, chastity and innocence. As the flower of the Resurrection and of the Virgin it is widely used at Easter. The lily of the Bible(Cant. 2.1) has been variously identified with the scarlet anemone, Madonna lily, and other plants; the lilies of the field (Mat. 6.28) probably means any wildflowers, perhaps the iris. In fact, the Convalleria variety- also known as ˜lily of the valley, with two long oval leaves and spikes of white bell-shaped flowers represents the Tears of the Virgin Mary, a resurgence of happiness. White lily bouquets are especially popular in Christian homes, during the Easter holiday, for they symbolize Christ’s resurrection.
Lilies are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Liliopsida, and order Liliales, family Liliaceae.
Be aware that lilies can be highly poisonous to cats. Owners should be aware of this risk and keep their pets away from them. Remove the pollen stamens by pinching them together and pulling them up out of the flower. This prolongs the flower’s life as well. Use sellotape to remove pollen, not water which will fix the stain.