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Calochortus vestae  Purdy
Coast range mariposa lily,   Yellow mariposa
Calochortus vestae 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

Ultramafic affinity: 2 - weak indicator

Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSCalochortus luteus var. oculatus
Information about  Calochortus vestae from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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[Wikipedia] Range, Description: Calochortus vestae is a California species of flowering plants in the lily family known by the common name coast range mariposa lily. It is grows primarily in the forests of the North Coast Ranges of California (Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino Counties), with additional populations in the southernmost Cascades in Shasta County and also in foothills of the Sierra Nevada. It generally grows in clay soils.[4] Description Calochortus vestae is a perennial herb producing a branching stem between 30 and 50 centimeters tall. The basal leaf is 10 to 20 centimeters long and withers by flowering.[5] The inflorescence is a loose cluster of 1 to 6 erect, bell-shaped flowers. Each flower has three petals up to about 4 centimeters long and three sepals 2 to 3 centimeters long beneath. The petals are white to purplish in color with a central area of pale yellow with a darker reddish or brownish blotch within. At the base of each petal is a red-streaked patch of hairs.[6] (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: 12/04/2023).