Calochortus invenustus

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Calochortus invenustus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Calochortus
C. invenustus
Binomial name
Calochortus invenustus
  • 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.[2]

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.[1][3]


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.[4]

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.[5]

The fruit is an angled capsule up to 7 centimeters long.[6]


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Ownbey, Marion (November 1940). "A Monograph of the Genus Calochortus". Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. 27 (4): 371–560. doi:10.2307/2394384. JSTOR 2394384.
  3. ^ Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map
  4. ^ Flora of North America
  5. ^ Jepson Manual Treatment
  6. ^ Ness, Bryan D. (Oct–Dec 1989). "Seed Morphology and Taxonomic Relationships in Calochortus (Liliaceae)". Systematic Botany. 14 (4): 495–505. doi:10.2307/2418993. JSTOR 2418993.

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