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Calochortus kennedyi  Porter
Desert mariposa lily
Calochortus kennedyi is a perennial herb that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
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Genus: Calochortus
Family: Liliaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Communities: Creosote Bush Scrub, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Joshua Tree Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

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

USDA PLANTS Profile (CAKE)

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[Wikipedia] Southwestern North America native, Description: Calochortus kennedyi is a North American species of flowering plant in the lily family known by the common name desert mariposa lily.[2][3] It is native to the deserts of the Southwestern United States (Arizona, southern California, southern Nevada, southern Utah and western Texas), and northern Mexico (Sonora, Chihuahua). In California it is found in the Mojave Desert and rain shadowed eastern slopes of the Transverse Ranges.[2][4] Species is named for plant collector William L. Kennedy.[5] Description Calochortus kennedyi is a perennial herb which produces a slender, unbranching, sometimes twisting stem up to 50 centimeters tall, but generally shorter. There is a basal leaf 10 to 20 centimeters long which is waxy in texture and withers at flowering.[4] The inflorescence consists of 1 to 6 erect bell-shaped flowers in a loose cluster. Each flower has three sepals and three petals which are usually spotted at the bases. The petals may be 5 centimeters long and are yellow, orange, or red in color.[4] The fruit is an angled, striped capsule up to 6 centimeters in length.[4] (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2023. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 11/28/2023).