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Calochortus invenustus (Plain mariposa lily)
Miller, Holmes O.

Calochortus invenustus

Calochortus invenustus Greene

Plain Mariposa Lily

Liliaceae (Lily Family)


USDA Symbol: cain3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug




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

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-10
Research By: TWC Staff

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