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Calochortus luteus  Lindl.
Yellow mariposa lily
Calochortus luteus 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

Communities: Mixed Evergreen Forest, Foothill Woodland, Valley Grassland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

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

USDA PLANTS Profile (CALU9)

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[Wikipedia] Description, Distribution: Calochortus luteus, the yellow mariposa lily, is a mariposa lily endemic to California.[2][1] Description The primarily bright deep yellow flower is 3 to 5 cm across and perianth bulb-shaped, lined red-brown inside, often also with central red-brown blotch and sparse hair inside.[3][4][5] It is a perennial herb.[6] Distribution This species is found on coastal prairie, grasslands and some open forest floors.[7] Its range is along the coastal ranges from region to the northern Santa Barbara County Channel Islands and mainland, Northwestern California, the Sacramento Valley, and the Sierra Nevada foothills from there to the Tehachapi Mountains. (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: 05/29/2024).