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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Calochortus elegans Pursh
Elegant mariposa lily
USDA Symbol: CAEL
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A small plant with slender, bent stems and a few white flowers in a branched cluster shorter than the single grass-like leaf.
The name Star Tulip refers to the flowers shape and Cats Ears to the petals resemblance to a kittens ear. Similar species are distinguished by characteristics of the gland and pod.
Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun
CA , ID , MT , OR , WA Native Distribution:
Southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon to western Montana. Native Habitat:
Grassy hillsides and open coniferous woods. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
BenefitUse Food: Bulb
consumed by indigenous peoples. Conspicuous Flowers:
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Record Modified: 2008-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff