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Glassford Hill Rd - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Calochortus kennedyi - desert mariposa lily

Other Common Names: desert mariposa, mariposa lily, desert mariposa tulip
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Liliaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Yellow to bright orangish-red, 3-petaled flowers bloom in a cluster on top of 8 inch long, sometimes twisted stems. Grayish-green leaves are narrow and grass-like. Mariposa means "butterfly" in Spanish.
Identification notes: Petals yellow to bright orangish-red; petal gland round, depressed, sometimes deeply so, surrounded by conspicuously fringed membrane. Stems sometimes twisted.
Height: To 8 inches


Habitat Description: Open or shrubby flats, rocky slopes and desert areas in dry soil.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: Below 5000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow to orangish-red     Shape: Regular in round clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Mar - Jun
Description: Flowers have 3 yellow to bright orangish-red petals with purple to black bases. Flowers are up to 3 inches wide, usually have a brownish spot near base. They grow in clusters of up to 6 flowers.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Basal and alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: The leaves are narrow and grasslike with margins that curl upward.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Capsules are erect, 2 to 2-1/2 inches, longitudinally striped, lanceolate, angled.
Seed Notes: Seeds are flat.

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