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Calochortus splendens  Benth.
Splendid mariposa lily
Calochortus splendens is a perennial herb that is native to California, and found only slightly beyond California borders.
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Genus: Calochortus
Family: Liliaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEF + PLANTSCalochortus davidsonianus
Information about  Calochortus splendens from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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[Wikipedia] Habitat, description, range: Calochortus splendens is a North American species of mariposa lily known by the common name splendid mariposa lily. Calochortus splendens is native to coastal mountains and valleys of California and Baja California, as far north as Lake County. It is found in various habitats, including chaparral and woodland. Description Calochortus splendens is a thin-stemmed lily with few leaves. It bears flowers singly or in inflorescences of up to four. Each flower is ringed with smaller, ribbonlike, curling bracts. The bowl-shaped flowers are of varying shades of purple, often lavender, with a spot of darker purple at the base of each petal. The flower may have plentiful white hairs in the center and bright purple pollen. (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: 05/19/2024).