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Alkali Mariposa Lily
Calochortus striatus

About Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus) Calochortus striatus is a species of mariposa lily known by the common name alkali mariposa lily. It is native to California and Nevada where it grows in the Mojave Desert. This plant erects a stem usually only a few centimeters tall but sometimes quite a bit taller, and a long basal leaf which may lie flat on the ground. At least halfway up the stem it may branch, and atop each branch is a bell-shaped lily bloom. Pointed sepals form the base of the flower and above are three rounded petals, which may be slightly toothed. Each petal is two to three centimeters long and is very light to very dark pink or purplish with darker pink or purple veining or mottling. The cup of the flower is somewhat hairy. The anthers are bright to dull pink, with pink pollen. The capsule fruit is up to 5 centimeters long. This is a plant of alkaline soils in the desert scrub.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.2 - 2.4 in (3 - 6.1 cm)

Flower Color
Pink, White

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Alkaline meadows


Elevation ?
297' - 5460'

Annual Precip. ?
3.6" - 14.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.16" - 1.57"

Coldest Month ?
38.9° F - 53.5° F

Hottest Month ?
66.0° F - 82.7° F

Humidity ?
3.87 vpd - 34.58 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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