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purple fawn lily, Sierra Nevada fawn-lily


slender, 25–40 mm.


6–15 cm;

blade green, lanceolate to narrowly ovate, margins ± wavy.


7–20 cm.




tepals white, bright yellow on proximal 1/3, pinkish purple in age, lanceolate, 10–20 mm, not auriculate at base;

stamens 8–12 mm;

filaments yellow, slender;

anthers cream to yellow;

style yellow, 4–5 mm;

stigma ± unlobed.


obovoid, 2–4 cm.

Erythronium purpurascens

Phenology Flowering summer, soon after snowmelt (Jun–Aug).
Habitat Open coniferous forests, meadows, rocky places
Elevation 1500–2700 m (4900–8900 ft)
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Source FNA vol. 26, p. 159.
Parent taxa Liliaceae > Erythronium
Sibling taxa
E. albidum, E. americanum, E. californicum, E. citrinum, E. elegans, E. grandiflorum, E. helenae, E. hendersonii, E. klamathense, E. mesochoreum, E. montanum, E. multiscapideum, E. oregonum, E. pluriflorum, E. propullans, E. pusaterii, E. quinaultense, E. revolutum, E. rostratum, E. taylorii, E. tuolumnense, E. umbilicatum
Name authority S. Watson: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 12: 277. (1877)
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