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Calochortus amabilis
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Golden Globelily
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Calochortus amabilis

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About Golden Globelily (Calochortus amabilis) Calochortus amabilis is a species of flowering plant in the lily family which is known by the common name Diogenes' lantern. It is endemic to northern California, where it grows in the mountains north of the San Francisco Bay Area. In oak woodlands common understory plant associates are Calochortus luteus, Clarkia unguiculata and Delphinium variegatum. It is a common member of the scrub and woodland flora there. This is a perennial herb producing an upright, somewhat waxy branching stem to heights between 10 and 50 centimeters. The leaf at the base of the stem is flat, waxy, and narrow in shape, reaching up to 50 centimeters long and not withering away at flowering. The flower cluster bears two or more heavily nodding flowers, each with spreading pointed yellow sepals and brown-speckled yellow petals. The inside of the petals is waxy and coated in small hairs. The fruit is a winged capsule up to three centimeters long containing dark brown seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.33 - 1.6 ft (0.1 - 0.49 m)

Flower Color
Yellow, Brown

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade

Elevation ?
11' - 4649'

Annual Precip. ?
18.4" - 70.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.19" - 1.31"

Coldest Month ?
37.5° F - 49.7° F

Hottest Month ?
62.5° F - 75.9° F

Humidity ?
0.45 vpd - 25.23 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
7*, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Diogenes' Lantern

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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