Calochortus luteus

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Calochortus luteus
Calochortus luteus MtTam.jpg
In flower on Mount Tamalpais
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Calochortus
Species: 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, or yellow mariposa lily, is a mariposa lily endemic to California.[2][1]


The primarily bright deep yellow flower is 3-5cm 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


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