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Calochortus amoenus  Greene
Purple fairy lantern,   Purple globelily
Calochortus amoenus is a perennial herb that is native to California, and endemic (limited) to California.
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Genus: Calochortus
Family: Liliaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Habitat: slopes

Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Information about  Calochortus amoenus from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora


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[Wikipedia] Description, Range, Habitat: Description Calochortus amoenus is a perennial herb producing a branching stem to heights between 20 and 50 centimeters. The leaf at the base of the stem is narrow in shape, reaching up to 50 centimeters long and not withering away at flowering.[2] There are two or three smaller leaves along the stem. The inflorescence bears two or more nodding flowers, each with its petals curved closed into a spherical shape. Each flower has rose-colored sepals and petals, the petals fringed and lined with long, pink whiskery hairs. The fruit is a winged capsule 2 or 3 centimeters long containing dark brown seeds.[3] Distribution and habitat The plant is endemic to California, in the Central Sierra Nevada foothills. It is found on grassy slopes in partial shade of California oak woodland and Yellow Pine Forest habitats, at 500?1,500 metres (1,600?4,900 ft) in elevation.[3] (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/25/2024).