ADDITIONAL NOTES ON CHINESE SACRED LILY, WITH A DISCUSSION WITH MR. LU
Chen Xinqi(Chen Singchi), Wu Yingxiang(Institute of Botany, Academia Sinica, Beijing 100093)
This is a reply to Mr. Lu's comments on the origin of Naroissus tazetta var. chinensis, which is locally found on some islands off and on the east coast of Zhejiang and Fujian Province. We considered it in 1982 to he a naturalized plant, while Lu insisted that the plant is indigenous to China. Lu's arguments are refuted in the present paper point by point, and the conclusion we arrived at here is the same as that we did in 1982: the Chinese sacred lily is an exotic plant, which might be introduced into China from the Mediterranean region probably during the Tang Dynasty (612—907 AD).