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I know this is a lily

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    Default I know this is a lily

    Hi folks, this afternoon I got a big surprise I was in my back yard under the mango trees once again, searching for more orchids and also mangoes, and I came upon this beautiful flower both in shape and color, I know it is a lily but I do not know the name, and to make things more interesting the ground under the trees have about twelve or more of the plants, enjoy

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    I think your plant belong to the Arum family, not lily.

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    You are right Mietek, nice one Maggs.

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    Indeed, Mietek is spot on -- this is not a lily but is rather an arum. Lovely flower all the same, Brenda.

    I assume the flower has a rather unpleasant odor? (Typically arums with flowers like those smell of rotten meat and/or feces.)

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    lots of arums are commonly called lilies, although not technically lilies. i love arums, i've never seen this one. or a red one either, for that matter. very cool thing to find in your yard! i'm jealous.

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    Many aroids can look confusingly similar, but this looks a great deal like Typhonium trilobatum. It isn't native to South America, but assuming this is in a residential or cultivated location it could have been introduced as a garden plant. It is native to India, and is sometimes eaten or used medicinally, so given Trinidad's history of Indian immigrants it could show up.

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    Thanks all for your responses, Kirk it is interesting what you have stated about the plant being native to India, there was an Indian family living next door to where the mango trees are, but they are not Indians from India but local Trinidadian Indians, I doubt very much they would have had them and besides they moved out of the area years ago and there is a wall dividing our properties, but where I live was once part of a sugar cane estate with acres of land and maybe with floods they might have been washed here from somewhere, there are at least a dozen plants concentrated in one area not scattered and one very large one that I am going to take out and put in a pot, I have about six but I never got any unpleasant smell though, I guess it is because I have a sinus problem and could not smell properly because of the flower I will be putting some plants in pots.

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    Kirk take a look at a thread I posted "My mounted Orchids" and see the one I had put up sometime ago where you had said that wrinkled leaves is a sign of not enough water

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    that might have a tuber, so that would explain the bunching up of plants in one spot around a mother plant.

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    i think Typhonium trilobatum might be correct, after googling it. fascinating plant, and should have a lovely stench!

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