Central and north California
Streambanks, seeps, wet, bushy areas - from 7,200 to 11,000 feet
Alternate or whorled, narrowly elliptic, up to 6 inches long, with straight margins
Lilium kelleyanum is found only in California, across the Sierra Nevada and in various mountain ranges further north; it inhabits wet places, often shaded. The hairless stems are rigid and tall, up to six feet, bearing narrow leaves (up to ten times as long as wide) at irregular intervals, alternate and in whorls, of up to ten. Leaves are spreading to ascending, often drooping at the tip.
The pendent flowers are formed of six tepals, strongly recurved when mature so that the tips touch the pedicel, and uniformly colored yellow to orange, flecked with many reddish blotches across their lower portion. Tepals are around 2 inches long. The six stamens are exserted; they have white or greenish filaments and reddish-brown anthers, while the pistil is green, about one inch in length, and also exserted. Flowers form in open clusters of up to 15.