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Oak Creek Vista


Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Calochortus ambiguus - doubting mariposa lily

Plant Form: Forb

Family: Liliaceae


   
 
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Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Sue Smith
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Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Oak Creek Vista
Max Licher @http://swbiodiversity.org
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Native perennial with grass-like basal leaves and a few smaller leaves on upright, branched stems. Flowers are about 2 inches wide with 3 white to purplish petals and dark anthers.
Identification notes: Petals whitish to purple; glands round to crescent-shaped, surrounded by a narrow, deeply fringed membrane on all edges but the base, and densely covered with short hairs, these apically thickened and branching.
Height: 2 feet


Habitat

Habitat Description: Dry soils.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 3000 - 8000 feet


Flower Characteristics

Color: White to purplish     Shape: Regular not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: May - Aug
Description: White to purplish flowers have 3 petals, depressed petal glands and dark anthers.


Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Basal and alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Grass-like basal leaves are 2 to 3 inches long and have a lengthwise groove. There are only a few smaller stem leaves. Basal leaves wither before the plant blossoms.


Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Capsules are erect, linear-oblong and 3-celled.
Seed Notes: Seeds are flat.



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