Fritillaria falcata

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Talus fritillary
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Fritillaria
Species: F. falcata
Binomial name
Fritillaria falcata
(Jeps.) D.E.Beetle
Synonyms[1]

Fritillaria atropurpurea var. falcata Jeps.

Fritillaria falcata is a species of fritillary known by the common name talus fritillary. It is endemic to California, known only from 5 counties south and east of San Francisco Bay (Monterey, San Benito, Stanislaus, Alameda and Santa Clara).[2] It grows in the Coast Ranges at elevations of 300–1200 m, mostly on serpentine talus. It is sometimes considered a subspecies of Fritillaria atropurpurea.[3][4]

Description[edit]

Fritillaria falcata grows a short stem about 10 to 20 centimeters tall surrounded by two to six flat, sickle-shaped leaves up to about 8 centimeters in length. The erect, star-shaped flower has six tepals one to two centimeters long which are greenish outside and yellow mottled with purple-brown inside.[3][4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Plant List
  2. ^ Biota of North America Program
  3. ^ a b Flora of North America
  4. ^ a b Jepson, Willis Linn. 1922. Flora of California 1(6): 309, as Fritillaria atropurpurea var. falcata
  5. ^ Beetle, Dorothy Erna. 1944. Madroño 7(5): 148, Fritillaria falcata

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