Calflora
Taxon  Report   1280    
Calochortus elegans  Pursh
Elegant star tulip,  Northwestern mariposa lily
Calochortus elegans
© 2015 John Doyen
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Calochortus elegans
© 2013 Jason Matthias Mills
Calochortus elegans
© 2013 John Doyen
Calochortus elegans, a monocot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is found only slightly beyond California borders.

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Calochortus elegans
© 2008 Christopher L. Christie
Family: LILIACEAE  
Genus: Calochortus
Subspecies and Varieties:
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest

Serpentine affinity: 2; (weak indicator)

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Calochortus elegans var. nanus
More information about  Calochortus elegans
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (CAEL)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Dec 15, 2018).