Calochortus ambiguus

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Calochortus ambiguus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Calochortus
C. ambiguus
Binomial name
Calochortus ambiguus
(M.E.Jones) Ownbey
  • Calochortus watsonii var. ambiguus (Ownbey) M.E.Jones

Calochortus ambiguus, the Arizona mariposa lily or doubting mariposa lily, is a perennial plant in the lily family (liliaceae) that grows at higher elevations of the Sonoran Desert regions of Arizona, western New Mexico, southern Utah, and Sonora.[2]:58

Calochortus ambiguus is a bulb-forming herb. Flowers are white or very pale lavender, with a green center and reddish-purple anthers.[3][4]


  1. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Sonoran Desert Wildflowers, Richard Spellenberg, 2nd ed., 2012, ISBN 9780762773688
  3. ^ Flora of North America Vol. 26 Page 139 Calochortus ambiguus (M. E. Jones) Ownbey, Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 27: 505. 1940.
  4. ^ Biota of North America Program 2013 county distribution map

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