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Calochortus elegans (Elegant mariposa lily)
Glase, Terry

Calochortus elegans

Calochortus elegans Pursh

Elegant mariposa lily

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: CAEL

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A small plant with slender, bent stems and a few white flowers in a branched cluster shorter than the single grass-like leaf.

The name Star Tulip refers to the flowers shape and Cats Ears to the petals resemblance to a kittens ear. Similar species are distinguished by characteristics of the gland and pod.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Flower:
Fruit:

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: May , Jun

Distribution

USA: CA , ID , MT , OR , WA
Native Distribution: Southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon to western Montana.
Native Habitat: Grassy hillsides and open coniferous woods.

Benefit

Use Food: Bulb consumed by indigenous peoples.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Additional resources

USDA: Find Calochortus elegans in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Calochortus elegans in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Calochortus elegans

Metadata

Record Modified: 2013-06-21
Research By: TWC Staff

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