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Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus)
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Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus)

General: Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus) is a perennial forb with grass-like leaves that grows from an underground bulb. Leaves to about 8 inches, narrow. Flowers grow atop stems that appear in the spring and early summer. Flowers bell-shaped, white to lavender, with purple veins.

Alkali Mariposa Lily can be found in alkali marshes and other damp places in the Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub) life zone.

Family: Lily (Liliaceae).

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Plant Form: Leaves and flower stems grow from an underground bulb.

Height: To about 18 inches.

Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus)

Stems: Short, mostly underground from bulb.

Leaves: Leaves basal, linear.

Flowers: Blooms spring to early summer. Inflorescence umbel-like with 1-5 flowers per stem. Flower bell-shaped, white to light purple with purple veins.

Seeds: Seed are produced in elongate seedpods (about 2-inches long).

Habitat: Alkaline meadows in the Mojave Desert.

Elevation: To about 5,000 feet.

Distribution: California deserts and southern Nevada (Clark and Nye counties only)

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Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus) Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus)
Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus) Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus)
Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus) Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus)
Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus) Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus)
Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus) Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus)
Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus) Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus)
Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus) Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus)
Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus) Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus)

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