Calochortus nitidus Douglas
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Calochortus nitidus Douglas
broadfruit mariposa lily

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Symbol: CANI
Group: Monocot
Family: Liliaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : L48   N
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Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Liliaceae – Lily family
Genus Calochortus Pursh – mariposa lily
Species Calochortus nitidus Douglas – broadfruit mariposa lily

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20. Calochortus nitidus Douglas, Trans. Hort. Soc. London. 7: 277, plate 9A. 1828.

Stems not branching, straight, 2—4 dm, proximal internodes elongate; bulblets rare. Leaves: basal usually persistent, 1—3 dm × 10—25 mm; blade flat, tapering toward both ends, becoming involute; cauline ca. halfway up stem. Inflorescences subumbellate, 1—4-flowered; bracts 2 or more, narrowly lanceolate to linear, long-attenuate, unequal, 2—10 cm. Flowers erect; perianth open, campanulate; sepals ovate to lanceolate, shorter than petals, glabrous, apex acuminate; petals lavender, with deep purple adaxial crescent distal to gland, obovate, cuneate, ± ciliate laterally, sparingly covered with long, flexuous hairs distal to gland; glands ± triangular-lunate, slightly depressed, bordered proximally by narrow, deeply fringed membrane, covered with short, thick hairs, hairs and membrane fringe densely covered with long papillae; filaments longer than anthers; anthers oblong, 6—10 mm, apex obtuse. Capsules erect, 3-winged, ellipsoid to nearly globular. Seeds light beige. 2n = 40.

Flowering summer. Low meadows along creeks; 700--900 m; Idaho, Oreg., Wash.

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Calochortus nitidus
Calochortus nitidus
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© 2010 Steve Lowens

Calochortus nitidus
Calochortus nitidus
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© 2010 Steve Lowens

Calochortus nitidus
Calochortus nitidus
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© 2010 Steve Lowens

Calochortus nitidus
Calochortus nitidus
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© 2010 Steve Lowens

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