Calochortus luteus Douglas ex Lindl.
Yellow mariposa lily
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
USDA Symbol: CALU9
The slender stems of this plant bear a few narrow leaves and at the top 1-4 large, deep yellow, bell-shaped flowers in an umbel-like cluster.
This species and some others frequently reproduce asexually by means of small bulblets in the leaf axils, which drop to the ground and grow into new plants.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
Native Distribution: California Coast Ranges and western foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
Native Habitat: Heavy soil in grassland and open forests at low elevations.
BenefitUse Food: Bulb consumed by indigenous peoples.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 1218 - Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources (2006) Anderson, M. Kat
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Calochortus luteus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Calochortus luteus in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff