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Mrs. Henry's Spiderlily

Mrs. Henry's Spidelily

This beautiful spiderlily (Hymenocallis henryae) was one of several clumps that was growing in a flatwoods depression beside a highway in the Apalachicola National Forest. When we returned a few days later to show the lilies to other plant enthusiasts, one of the clumps had been dug up, leaving just a watery hole. I'm sure that the person who dug up the lily rationalized that they were doing no harm, but unfortunately this particular lily is endangered in Florida.