Calochortus plummerae

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Calochortus plummerae
Mariposa Lily in Frankin Canyon.jpg
in Franklin Canyon Park
Santa Monica Mountains
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Calochortus
Species: C. plummerae
Binomial name
Calochortus plummerae

Cyclobothra plummerae (Greene) Hoover

At Mount Wilson, San Gabriel Mountains, California.

Calochortus plummerae is a species of mariposa lily known by the common name Plummer's mariposa lily.[2]

It is endemic to Southern California where it is found along the coast, inland hills, and some Transverse Ranges and Peninsular Ranges.[3][2] It is a member of the chaparral, grasslands, and lower montane coniferous forest plant communities.[2][3]

The species is named in honor of American botanist Sara Plummer Lemmon (1836 – 1923).[4]


Calochortus plummerae produces thin, branching stems and a few long curling leaves.[5]

Atop the stem is a lily bloom with long, pointed sepals and petals which may be up to 4 centimeters long. The petals are pink, lavender, or white with a wide yellow band across the middle. They are hairy inside and sometimes fringed with hairs. The center contains large whitish or yellowish anthers.[5]

The fruit capsule is up to 8 centimeters long.[5]

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