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Naked Mariposa
Calochortus nudus

About Naked Mariposa (Calochortus nudus) Calochortus nudus is a species of flowering plant in the lily family known by the common name naked mariposa lily. It is native to the mountains of northern California and southern Oregon, where it grows in wet areas such as meadows and lakeside bogs. It is a perennial herb producing an unbranching stem up to about 25 centimeters tall. The basal leaf is 5 to 15 centimeters long and does not wither at flowering. The flower cluster bears one or more erect, bell-shaped flowers. Each flower has three small, pointed sepals and three wider petals all pinkish or lavender in color. The petals are mostly hairless and about 1.5 centimeters long. The fruit is a capsule about 2 centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
9.8 in (24.9 cm)

Flower Color
Pink, White, Lavender

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Moist, grassy places, lake and bog edges,

Part Shade

Elevation ?
494' - 8877'

Annual Precip. ?
29.1" - 104.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.30" - 3.94"

Coldest Month ?
29.4° F - 48.4° F

Hottest Month ?
47.2° F - 74.1° F

Humidity ?
1.34 vpd - 21.97 vpd


Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Naked Mariposa Lily, Naked 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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