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Greene's Mariposa Lily
(Calochortus greenei )
Liliaceae (lily family)

Greene's Mariposa Lily
Photo Joe Molter, BLM

Description: Grows from 4 to 12 inches (10 to 30 cm) tall with lilac petals 1-1/4 inches (3 cm) long with yellow and deeper lilac bands at its exterior base. Inner surface of petals covered with dense white hairs, changing to yellow toward the base. It has one basal leaf about as tall as the flowering stem, and several linear, leaf-like bracts where the stem divides into two to five flower heads.

Distribution: Within the public lands administered by the Redding Field Office, this species can be found in Siskiyou County north and east of Little Shasta Valley, from the Oregon border to Butte Valley.

Habitat: Foothills and low mountains on soils ranging from clay to light loam, which are generally cobbley or stony and often associated with rock outcrops. Grasslands to coniferous forest at elevations of 2400 to 6400 feet (732 to 1951 meters).

Flowering Period: June to August

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Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B

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Field Office: Redding

Last updated: 08-05-2010