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Leichtlin's mariposa lily (Calochortus leichtlinii)

Leichtlin's mariposa lily (Calochortus leichtlinii) is a showy California native wildflower that is mostly limited to the Sierra Nevada and the Modoc Plateau. Each flower is characterized by three white or cream colored petals with a dark red to purple marking and a hairy yellow base. The flower head also has three lanceolate sepals which fill in the spaces between the petals. This plant typically grows in dry, exposed, rocky terrain.

Leichtlin's mariposa lily (Calochortus leichtlinii).  Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Amador County, California. Stock Photo ID=PLA0397
Leichtlin's mariposa lily (Calochortus leichtlinii), overhead view of the flower head. Thunder Mountain Trail, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Amador County, California.
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Leichtlin's mariposa lily (Calochortus leichtlinii).  Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Amador County, California. Stock Photo ID=PLA0398
Leichtlin's mariposa lily (Calochortus leichtlinii). Thunder Mountain Trail, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Amador County, California.
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Leichtlin's mariposa lily (Calochortus leichtlinii).  Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Amador County, California. Stock Photo ID=PLA0399
Leichtlin's mariposa lily (Calochortus leichtlinii). Thunder Mountain Trail, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Amador County, California.
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Leichtlin's mariposa lily (Calochortus leichtlinii).  Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Amador County, California. Stock Photo ID=PLA0400
Leichtlin's mariposa lily (Calochortus leichtlinii). Whiskerbrush (Leptosiphon ciliatus) can be seen in the background. Thunder Mountain Trail, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Amador County, California.
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Next Plant: Marin checker lily (Fritillaria lanceolata var. tristulis)



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