Triteleia crocea

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Triteleia crocea
Triteleia crocea var crocea 3.jpg
Triteleia crocea var. crocea
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Brodiaeoideae
Genus: Triteleia
T. crocea
Binomial name
Triteleia crocea

Triteleia crocea, with the common names yellow triteleia and yellow tripletlily, is a monocot flowering plant in the genus Triteleia.[1][2]


The plant is native to northern California and into southern Oregon.

It occurs in the Klamath Mountains and the southernmost slopes of the Cascade Range. Its habitats include Yellow pine forests.


Triteleia crocea is a perennial herb growing from a corm. It produces two or three leaves up to 40 centimeters long by one wide.

The inflorescence arises on an erect stem up to 30 centimeters tall. It is an umbel-like cluster of many flowers each borne on a slender pedicel. The flowers are usually bright yellow but some specimens from the Trinity Mountains have light blue corollas.[3] They may have green stripes. The corolla has six lobes one half to one centimeter long and six stamens with yellow or blue anthers.

The bloom period is May and June.


Varieties include

  • Triteleia crocea var. crocea — Yellow triteleia, listed Vulnerable species.[4]
  • Triteleia crocea var. modesta — Trinity Mountains pretty face, endemic to Trinity Mountains, listed Vulnerable species.[5]


  1. ^ Calflora: Triteleia crocea
  2. ^ "Triteleia crocea". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  3. ^ Flora of North America
  4. ^ Calflora: Triteleia crocea var. crocea
  5. ^ Calflora: Triteleia crocea var. modesta

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