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Fritillaria falcata  (Jeps.) D. E. Beetle
Talus fritillary
Fritillaria falcata is a perennial herb (bulb) that is native to California, and endemic (limited) to California.
California Rare Plant Rank: 1B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).
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Genus: Fritillaria
Family: Liliaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Ultramafic affinity: 6 - strict endemic

Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSFritillaria atropurpurea var. falcata
Information about  Fritillaria falcata from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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[Wikipedia] California endemic, Range, Description: Fritillaria falcata is a species of fritillary known by the common name talus fritillary. It is endemic to California, USA, known only from 5 counties south and east of San Francisco Bay (Monterey, San Benito, Stanislaus, Alameda and Santa Clara).[3] It grows in the Coast Ranges at elevations of 300?1200 m, mostly on serpentine talus. It is sometimes considered a subspecies of Fritillaria atropurpurea.[4][5] Description Fritillaria falcata grows a short stem about 10 to 20 centimeters tall surrounded by two to six flat, sickle-shaped leaves up to about 8 centimeters in length. The erect, star-shaped flower has six tepals one to two centimeters long which are greenish outside and yellow mottled with purple-brown inside. (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: 12/09/2023).