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Calochortus leichtlinii  Hook. f.
Leichtlin's mariposa lily,   Smokey mariposa
Calochortus leichtlinii 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: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

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

USDA PLANTS Profile (CALE3)

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[Wikipedia] Description, Range: Calochortus leichtlinii is a species of flowering plant in the lily family known by the common names Leichtlin's mariposa, smokey mariposa, and mariposa lily.[3][4] The plant is native to the Sierra Nevada and Modoc Plateau of California and adjacent parts of the Great Basin in southeastern Oregon and western Nevada.[5] It grows in coniferous forest and chaparral habitats, including the lowest grassy hills?such as along the Sierra Nevada boundary with the Central Valley and agriculture.[6][7] The small underground bulbs were eaten by the Native Americans. Description Calochortus leichtlinii is a perennial herb producing an erect, unbranching stem up to 60 centimeters tall. The basal leaf is 10 to 15 centimeters long and withers by flowering. The inflorescence is a loose cluster of 1 to 5 erect, bell-shaped flowers. Each flower has three petals 1 to 4 centimeters long which are white, pinkish, or dull blue in color and spotted with yellow and dark red or black and hairy at the bases.[8] These color patterns vary widely among different regional and local populations. The fruit is a narrow capsule up to 6 centimeters long. (link added 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: 07/16/2024).