Calochortus gunnisonii

(Mariposa Lily)

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Calochortus gunnisonii, Hoosier Pass, Park Co. 8989/8994

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Calochortus gunnisonii, Breakneck Pass, Park Co. 4646

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Calochortus gunnisonii, Swan Mountain, Summit Co. 3665

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Calochortus gunnisonii, Indiana Creek, Summit Co. 1636

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Calochortus gunnisonii, Along FR 311, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 9522

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Calochortus gunnisonii, Along FR 311, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 9536

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Calochortus gunnisonii, Indiana Creek, Summit Co. 1620

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Leaves, Calochortus gunnisonii, Along FR 311, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 9546

Scientific Name Calochortus gunnisonii USDA PLANTS Symbol CAGU
Common Name Mariposa Lily ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 42849
Family Liliaceae (Lily) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (4700 to 11000 ft). Meadows, open woods, hillsides.
Plant: Erect, perennial, unbranched slender stem to 20 inches tall.
Leaves: Narrow, linear basal leaves to 10 inches long withering early; a few shorter, alternate stem leaves.
Inflorescence: Cup-shaped to 2 inches across with 3 rounded white to purplish petals with dark band surrounding center; 3 translucent, whitish or pale green sepals, lance-shaped with pointed tips.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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