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FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 26 | Liliaceae | Calochortus

28. Calochortus catalinae S. Watson, Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 14: 268. 1879.

Catalina mariposa-lily

Mariposa catalinae (S. Watson) Hoover

Plants usually bulbose; bulb coat membranous. Stems usually branching distally, ± flexuous, 2–6 dm. Leaves: basal withering, 1–3 dm; blade linear. Inflorescences 1–few-flowered; bracts opposite pedicel, 2–10 cm. Flowers erect; perianth open, broadly campanulate; sepals with purple blotch near base, lanceolate, 2–3 cm, apex acuminate; petals white tinged with lilac, with purple blotch near base, usually obovate, ± concave, 2–5 cm, glabrous except few hairs near base, apex obtuse; glands oblong, not depressed, densely hairy, hairs branching; filaments 8–10 mm; anthers lilac, oblong, 4–5 mm. Capsules erect, narrow-oblong, rounded in cross section, 2–5 cm, apex obtuse. Seeds light yellow, translucent, flat. 2n = 14.

Flowering spring--early summer. Heavy soil, open grassy slopes, openings in brush; less than 700 m; Calif.

Calochortus catalinae is increasingly threatened by habitat loss.


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