Friday, November 20, 2015

Desert Mariposa Lily (Calochortus kennedyi)

5/10/03 Roadside off N-6, Fort Tejon Rd., north of Devil's Punchbowl, Los Angeles County, CA

5/25/03 Mid Hills near campsite #1, Mojave National Preserve, East Mojave, San Bernardino County, CA


COMMON NAME: Desert Mariposa Lily

SPECIES: Calochortus kennedyi

FAMILY: Liliaceae (Lily Family)


LOCATION: Roadside off N-6, Fort Tejon Road, north of Devil's Punchbowl, Los Angeles County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Stem 10–20(50) cm, generally simple, sometimes twisted; bulblets generally 0

Leaves: basal 10–20 cm, glaucous, channeled, withering

Inflorescence ± umbel-like; flowers 1–6, erect; bracts 2–4 cm, base widest

Flower: perianth bell-shaped; segments often dark-spotted near base; sepals 20–30 mm; petals 30–50 mm, yellow to red, sparsely club-like-hairy near nectary, nectary round, depressed, encircled by fringed membrane, densely simple- or forked-hairy

Fruit erect, 4–6 cm, ± lanceolate, angled, striped

Ecology: Heavy or rocky soil in creosote-bush scrub, pinyon/juniper woodland

Elevation: 600–2200 m.  

Bioregional distribution: n Transverse Ranges, White and Inyo Mountains, Mojave Desert 

Distribution outside California: Nevada, Arizona

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