Calochortus splendens

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Calochortus splendens
Calochortus splendens.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Calochortus
C. splendens
Binomial name
Calochortus splendens
  • Mariposa splendens (Douglas ex Benth.) Hoover
  • Calochortus splendens var. atroviolaceus (Wallace) Purdy & L.H.Bailey
  • Calochortus splendens var. ruber Purdy & L.H.Bailey
  • Calochortus splendens var. major Purdy
  • Calochortus davidsonianus Abrams

Calochortus splendens is a North American species of mariposa lily known by the common name splendid mariposa lily.[2][3][4]

Calochortus splendens is native to coastal mountains and valleys of California and Baja California, as far north as Lake County. It is found in various habitats, including chaparral and woodland.[2]


Calochortus splendens is a thin-stemmed lily with few leaves.[4]

It bears flowers singly or in inflorescences of up to four. Each flower is ringed with smaller, ribbonlike, curling bracts. The bowl-shaped flowers are of varying shades of purple, often lavender, with a spot of darker purple at the base of each petal. The flower may have plentiful white hairs in the center and bright purple pollen.[4]


External links[edit]

Splendid Mariposa lily (Calochortus splendens),
Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, California.