Calochortus luteus

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Calochortus luteus
Calochortus luteus MtTam.jpg
In flower on Mount Tamalpais
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Calochortus
C. luteus
Binomial name
Calochortus luteus
Dougl. ex Lindl. 1833 not Nutt. 1834
  • Cyclobothra lutea (Douglas ex Lindl.) Lindl.
  • Mariposa lutea (Douglas ex Lindl.) Hoover

Calochortus luteus, the yellow mariposa lily, is a mariposa lily endemic to California.[2][1]


The primarily bright deep yellow flower is 3–5 cm across and perianth bulb-shaped, lined red-brown inside, often also with central red-brown blotch and sparse hair inside.[3][4][5]


This species is found on coastal prairie, grasslands and some open forest floors.[6] Its range is along the coastal ranges from region to the northern Santa Barbara County Channel Islands and mainland, Northwestern California, the Sacramento Valley, and the Sierra Nevada foothills from there to the Tehachapi Mountains.


Calochortus luteus is used in landscape design, with "non-habitat sourced" bulbs available from native plant nurseries and societies, to grow as an ornamental plant in gardens and for restoration projects.[7][8]Plants for a FutureCalochortus luteus


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Douglas, David ex Lindley, John 1833. Edwards's Botanical Register 19: plate 1567 plus two subsequent text pages full-page color illustration, description in Latin, commentary in English
  3. ^ Calflora taxon report, University of California: Calochortus luteus (yellow mariposa lily, yellow mariposa)
  4. ^ Jepson Profile of Calochortus luteus
  5. ^ Flora of North America: Calochortus luteus
  6. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2009
  7. ^ A. Pink (2004). Gardening for the Million. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.
  8. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2009. Yellow Mariposa Lily: Calochortus luteus,, ed. N. Stromberg Archived 2011-10-04 at the Wayback Machine

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