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Calochortus simulans
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Scientific classification
Genus:
Calochortus
Species:
simulans
Synonyms
  • Mariposa simulans Hoover

Calochortus simulans is a California species of flowering plant in the lily family known by the common name San Luis Obispo mariposa lily, not to be confused with the San Luis mariposa lily C. obispoensis.

Distribution

It is native to San Luis Obispo County, California, and its range extends south into the northern part of Santa Barbara County.

Description

Calochortus simulans is a perennial herb producing a branching stem up to 60 centimetres (24 inches) tall. The basal leaf is 10 to 20 centimetres (4 to 8 inches) long and withers by flowering. The inflorescence is a loose cluster of 1 to 3 erect, bell-shaped flowers. Each flower has three curving sepals and three longer petals, each up to 5 centimetres (2 inches) long. The petals are white to yellow with a deep red spot at the base. The fruit is an angled capsule 5 or 6 centimetres (2 or 2 13 inches) in length.

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