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Plain Mariposa Lily
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About Plain Mariposa Lily (Calochortus invenustus) Calochortus invenustus is a species of flowering plant in the lily family known by the common name plain mariposa lily. It is native to the mountain ranges of California, where it grows in the coniferous forests. Its range may extend just into Nevada. It is a perennial herb which produces a slender, mostly unbranched stem up to 50 centimeters tall. There is a basal leaf 10 to 20 centimeters long which withers at flowering. The flower cluster bears 1 to 6 erect bell-shaped flowers in a loose cluster. Each flower has three sepals and three petals which are usually white to light purple and may have spotting low at the base and greenish streaking on the outer surfaces. The fruit is an angled capsule up to 7 centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.6 ft (0.49 m)

Flower Color
Lavendar, Pink, White, Green, Purple

Native Status
Native

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry granitic places

Sun
Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
1138' - 10751'

Annual Precip. ?
10.8" - 52.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.19" - 3.57"

Coldest Month ?
26.7° F - 54.2° F

Hottest Month ?
48.9° F - 77.6° F

Humidity ?
1.56 vpd - 26.92 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never 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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