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Lilium humboldtii  Roezl & Leichtlin  ssp. ocellatum  (Kellogg) Thorne
Humboldt lily,   Spotted humboldt's lily
Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum is a perennial herb (bulb) that is native to California, and endemic (limited) to California.
also called Lilium fairchildii
California Rare Plant Rank: 4.2 (limited distribution).
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Parent: Lilium humboldtii
Genus: Lilium
Family: Liliaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Habitat: openings

Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEFLilium bloomerianum var. ocellatum
JEF + CNPS + PLANTSLilium fairchildii
JEF + PLANTSLilium humboldtii var. bloomerianum
JEFLilium humboldtii var. magnificum
JEF + PLANTSLilium humboldtii var. ocellatum
Information about  Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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[www.wildflower.org] Description: Plant Characteristics Duration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit Type: Capsule Size Notes: Stem up to about 9 feet tall. Leaf: Leaves up to about 6 inches long. Fruit: 3-valved. Bloom Information Bloom Color: Red , Orange , Yellow Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul Bloom Notes: Nodding, yellow or pale orange, with magenta spots. Distribution USA: CA (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

[Wikipedia] Description, Range, Source of name: Lilium humboldtii, or Humboldt's lily, is a species of lily native to the US state of California and the Mexican state of Baja California.[1] It is named after naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt. It is native to the South High Cascade Range, High Sierra Nevada, south Outer South Coast Ranges, and the Santa Monica Mountains and others in Southern California, growing at elevations from 600 metres (2,000 ft) to 1,200 metres (3,900 ft).[2] Description Lilium humboldtii grows up to 6 feet (1.8 m) tall, with flowers that are maroon-spotted, golden-orange with dark red splotches, with orange to brown stamens. The plant flowers in June, with flowers growing in a pyramidal inflorescence. The flowers are on stout stems, which are sometimes brown-purple. The subrhizomatous bulb is large, with yellowish-white scales, and grows very deep in the soil. The leaves grow in whorls, and are undulate, shiny, and oblanceolate. It is summer-deciduous, dying back after flowering in mid- to late summer.[2] Subspecies[1] Lilium humboldtii subsp. humboldtii - central California Lilium humboldtii subsp. ocellatum - southern California, Baja California Both subspecies are on the California Native Plant Society Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants of California and described as "fairly endangered in California".[3] Albert Kellogg, unaware that the plant had already been named by Roezl and Leichtlin, gave it the name Lilium bloomerianum. For some time afterward, the name was still applied to the southern California Lilium humboldtii subsp. ocellatum.[4] (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: 05/28/2024).