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big-pod mariposa, big-pod mariposa lily, white mariposa lily, wide-fruit mariposa lily


not branching, straight, 1–5 dm.


basal persistent, subtended by inflorescence, 1–3 dm × 5–25 mm;

blade flat, tapering toward both ends, becoming involute.


subumbellate, 1–5-flowered;

bracts 2 or more, narrowly lanceolate to linear, long-attenuate, unequal, 1–5 cm.



perianth open, campanulate;

sepals ovate to lanceolate, usually much shorter than petals, glabrous, apex acute to acuminate;

petals creamy white to lavender, with conspicuous median red-purple adaxial blotch, obovate, invested near gland with few long, flexuous hairs, base cuneate, apex rounded or acute;

glands triangular-lunate, slightly depressed, bordered proximally by comparatively narrow, deeply fringed membrane, distally often by narrower, crenate membranes, enclosed surface densely covered with long yellowish hairs, which, with membrane fringe, are often inconspicuously papillose;

filaments slightly longer than anthers;

anthers oblong, apex obtuse.


erect, 3-winged, ellipsoid-oblong.


light beige.


= 20.

Calochortus eurycarpus

Phenology Flowering summer.
Habitat Grasslands and open coniferous forests
Elevation 700–2700 m (2300–8900 ft)
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Source FNA vol. 26.
Parent taxa Liliaceae > Calochortus
Sibling taxa
C. albus, C. amabilis, C. ambiguus, C. amoenus, C. apiculatus, C. argillosus, C. aureus, C. bruneaunis, C. catalinae, C. clavatus, C. coeruleus, C. concolor, C. coxii, C. dunnii, C. elegans, C. excavatus, C. flexuosus, C. greenei, C. gunnisonii, C. howellii, C. indecorus, C. invenustus, C. kennedyi, C. leichtlinii, C. longebarbatus, C. luteus, C. lyallii, C. macrocarpus, C. minimus, C. monanthus, C. monophyllus, C. nitidus, C. nudus, C. nuttallii, C. obispoensis, C. palmeri, C. panamintensis, C. persistens, C. plummerae, C. pulchellus, C. raichei, C. simulans, C. splendens, C. striatus, C. subalpinus, C. superbus, C. tiburonensis, C. tolmiei, C. umbellatus, C. umpquaensis, C. uniflorus, C. venustus, C. vestae, C. weedii, C. westonii
Synonyms C. nitidus var. eurycarpus
Name authority S. Watson: Botany (Fortieth Parallel), 348. (1871)
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