Calochortus species

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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.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native
Scientific Name Calochortus nuttallii USDA PLANTS Symbol CANU3
Common Name Sego Lily ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 42863
Family Liliaceae (Lily) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills and high desert to montane (4700 to 9200 ft); dry slopes, flats, shale or clay hills.
Plant: Erect, perennial, unbranched slender stem 6 to 18 inches tall.
Leaves: Narrow, linear basal leaves 4 to 8 inches long withering early; a few shorter, alternate stem leaves.
Inflorescence: Large cup-shaped flowers 2 to 3 inches across with 3 rounded white, lilac, lavender-blue or pink petals with yellow at base and reddish brown or purple band or blotch; yellowish or pinkish, oblong anthers; 3 lanceolate sepals with pointed tips; 2-3 leafy bracts below.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Southwest Desert Flora and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native

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