Dunn's Mariposa Lily
(Calochortus dunnii )
Photo Copyright 1997 Christopher L. Christie
Description: Perennial herb. Stem erect, slender, and usually branched, 8-24 inches (2-6dm) high. Leaves near base of plant, deeply grooved, 4-8 inches (1-2dm) long, 1/4-3/8 inches (6-10mm) wide. Inflorescence has 2-6 flowers. Flowers are bell-shaped and erect, with red spots above the nectar structure, and yellow-hairy near and in the nectar structure. Nectar structure is round. Petals pear-shaped, 3/4-1 1/8 inches (2-3cm) long, and white or flushed pink. Fruit is a linear capsule, 3/4-1 1/8 inches (2-3cm) long.
Habitat: Dry, stony ridges in chaparral and yellow-pine forest. Elevation 1200-5900 feet.
Flowering Period: Blooms April - June.
Status: California State Rare, California Native Plant Society List 1B