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Calochortus panamintensis

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About Panamint Mariposa Lily (Calochortus panamintensis) Calochortus panamintensis is a species of flowering plant in the lily family known by the common name Panamint mariposa lily. It is endemic to Inyo County, California, where it is known only from the Panamint Range near Death Valley. Its range may technically extend just into Nevada. It is a perennial herb producing an unbranching stem 40 to 60 centimeters tall. The basal leaf is 10 to 20 centimeters long and withers by flowering, and there may be smaller leaves along the stem. The flower cluster bears 1 to 4 erect, bell-shaped flowers with three sepals and three petals each up to 4 centimeters long. The sepals may have dark spotting near the bases, and the white to pale purple flowers may have a red and yellow blotch at the base and green striping on the outer surfaces. The fruit is a narrow capsule about 7 centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.3 - 2 ft (0.4 - 0.6 m)

Flower Color
White, Yellow, Red

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry places

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
6696' - 10979'

Annual Precip. ?
10.6" - 19.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.73" - 4.45"

Coldest Month ?
28.8° F - 40.1° F

Hottest Month ?
53.1° F - 63.2° F

Humidity ?
2.32 vpd - 18.08 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Panamint Mountain Mariposa Lily

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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