Endemic lily attracts photographers attention in Turkey
Akkuş lily is 1.5 meters long and lives up to only 20 days in the month of June in the Akkuş district of Ordu province.
Akkuş lily, which is also known as Lilium Akkuşianum in Latin, first discovered in 1993 after five years of scientific works in Ordu.
The lily found place in literature in 1998 as a result of scientific works, Soner Yilmaz, forest operations manager told Anadolu Agency.
He said that the lily which grows only in the Akkuş district, was first photographed by two scientists in 1993 in the province.
"The lily is under the protection due to the endemic feature of it. The fine for removing or relocating one lily is 60,000 Turkish lira (around $10,400) per root," he added.
Ordu province, which has rich flora, houses more than 700 registered plant types, including some 130 endemic types.
The lily consists of around 80 to 100 species, native to the temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere.