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Calochortus invenustus
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Scientific classification
Genus:
Calochortus
Species:
invenustus
Synonyms
  • Calochortus nuttallii var. australis Munz

Calochortus invenustus is a species of flowering plant in the lily family known by the common name plain mariposa lily.

It is native to the mountain ranges of central and southern California, where it grows in the coniferous forests. It has also been found in the Bodie Hills in Mineral County, Nevada.

Description

Calochortus invenustus is a perennial herb which produces a slender, mostly unbranched stem up to 50 centimeters tall. There is a basal leaf 10 to 20 centimeters long which withers at flowering.

The inflorescence bears 1 to 6 erect bell-shaped flowers in a loose cluster. Each flower has three sepals and three petals which are usually white to light purple and may have spotting low at the base and greenish streaking on the outer surfaces.

The fruit is an angled capsule up to 7 centimeters long.

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