Journal of Plant Research

, Volume 107, Issue 2, pp 165–175 | Cite as

Morphometric analysis of the genusHemerocallis L. (Liliaceae) in Korea

  • Myong Gi Chung
  • Soon Suk Kang
Original Articles


To better understand the patterns of variability and distributions ofHemerocallis in Korea, 53 locations were visited and measurements of 19 morphological and phenological characters were taken on plants directly from their natural habitats. For morphometric analysis, 10 plants from each of 34 populations and five herbarium specimens ofH. middendorffii were used and the data from 12 quantitative characters was analyzed using univariate analysis. Except the littoral populations of Cheju, Hong, Taehuksan, and Sohuksan Islands (H. hongdoensis M. Chung & S. Kang), three peninsular KoreanHemerocallis species can be recognized mainly in South Korea:H. hakuunensis Nakai (=H. micrantha Nakai, growing on southern, central, and northwestern Korea);H. thunbergii Baker (=H. coreana Nakai, found on southeastern and central Korea); andH. middendorffii Tr. et Mey. (central and northeastern Korea). Morphological and phenological features contributing to recognition of the three groups were; color of perianth, shape of roots, shape of inflorescence, flowering time, odor, length of inflorescence, width of the lowest bracts, length of perianth tube enclosing a ovary, width of the inner perianth lobes. Natural hybridization seems to be rare in KoreanHemerocallis. It appears that the KoreanHemerocallis species are relatively well characterized by their distribution patterns, phenology, and habitats compared with the JapaneseHemerocallis species.

Key words

Distribution patterns Habitats Hemerocallis KoreanHemerocallis Morphometric analysis Phenology Population studies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Myong Gi Chung
    • 1
  • Soon Suk Kang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyGyeongsang National UniversityChinjuThe Republic of Korea

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