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mountain triteleia, Sierra triteleia, slender triplet lily


10–30 cm × 2–5 mm.


5–20(–25) cm, ± scabrous.


perianth yellow, aging purple, 12–17 mm, tube slender, narrowly funnelform, attenuate at base, 4–7 mm, lobes somewhat spreading, with brown midvein, 8–10 mm, ca. twice as long as tube;

stamens attached at 1 level, equal;

filaments linear, 5–6 mm, more than 1/2 as long as perianth lobes, apical appendages absent;

anthers cream or blue, 1–1.5 mm;

ovary equal to stipe;

pedicel 0.5–3 cm.


= 16.

Triteleia montana

Phenology Flowering summer (Jun–Jul).
Habitat Open montane coniferous forest, gravelly plains, granite ridges
Elevation 1200–3000 m (3900–9800 ft)
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Locally rather plentiful, Triteleia montana appears to have a disjunct distribution in the Sierra Nevada range north and south from Yosemite, though future collections may bridge the gap between the distributions currently indicated. Molecular data suggest that it is related to T. lemmoniae of Arizona (J. C. Pires 2000).

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 26, p. 345.
Parent taxa Liliaceae > Triteleia
Sibling taxa
T. bridgesii, T. clementina, T. crocea, T. dudleyi, T. grandiflora, T. hendersonii, T. hyacinthina, T. ixioides, T. laxa, T. lemmoniae, T. lilacina, T. lugens, T. peduncularis
Synonyms Brodiaea gracilis, Hookera gracilis, T. gracilis
Name authority Hoover: Amer. Midl. Naturalist 25: 95. (1941)
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