• Biodiversity Chocolate Lily
  • Chocolate Lily

    Fritillaria affinis

    Chocolate lilies have long green lanceolate leaves and chocolate brown petals. The stem is approximately 20 cm from the ground and rises from a bulb made up of small grains. Chocolate lilies do not smell like chocolate; they smell like carrion (dead animal). The name makes for excellent practical jokes! By smelling like carrion, they attract flies. When the flies come into investigate, they pick up pollen spores. When they move to the next flower, they will bring those pollen grains and help to pollinate it. The bulbs of this flower are edible and were called rice lilies by Inuit tribes.

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