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Fritillaria purdyi  Eastw.
Purdy's fritillary
Fritillaria purdyi is a perennial herb (bulb) that is native to California, and endemic (limited) to California.
California Rare Plant Rank: 4.3 (limited distribution).
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~251 records in California
yellowone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

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Genus: Fritillaria
Family: Liliaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Ultramafic affinity: 4.5 - broad endemic

Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSFritillaria biflora var. inflexa
Information about  Fritillaria purdyi from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora


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[Wikipedia] Description, Range, Rare: Fritillaria purdyi, the Purdy's fritillary, is a rare species of flowering plant in the lily family Liliaceae. It is endemic to northwestern California, USA, from San Francisco Bay north, where it grows in the serpentine soils of the coastal and inland California Coast Ranges.[1][2][3] Description Fritillaria purdyi is a bulb-forming herbaceous perennial with an erect stem 10 to 40 centimeters tall. The leaves are ovate, up to 10 centimeters long. The smooth stem is topped with a raceme inflorescence of one or more cup- or bell-shaped flowers. Each flower has 6 white tepals heavily shaded with brownish-purple streaks or marks and pink tinting.[4][5][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]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 04/19/2024).