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Chinese Camp Brodiaea Back to Plant Page
Brodiaea pallida

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About Chinese Camp Brodiaea (Brodiaea pallida) Brodiaea pallida is a rare species of flowering plant in the cluster-lily genus known by the common name Chinese Camp brodiaea. It is endemic to Tuolumne County, California, where it is known from a single population about a quarter of a mile long and 10 to 20 feet wide near Chinese Camp. It is a perennial producing an flower cluster up to about 20 centimeters tall bearing pale purple flowers on short pedicels. Each flower has six strongly curving petals about a centimeter long. In the center of the flower are three erect white, notch-tipped sterile stamens called staminodes, each about as long as the petals. Within these are the fertile stamens.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
8.4 in (21.3 cm)

Flower Color
Blue, Lavender, Purple, White

Flowering Season

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Vernal streambeds


Elevation ?
670' - 1294'

Annual Precip. ?
20.5" - 47.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.32" - 1.28"

Coldest Month ?
48.0° F - 49.6° F

Hottest Month ?
73.8° F - 75.5° F

Humidity ?
2.85 vpd - 25.85 vpd

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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