Calochortus ambiguus – Doubting Mariposa Lily
Scientific Name: Calochortus ambiguus
Synonym: Calochortus watsonii var. ambiguus
Common Name: Doubting Mariposa Lily
Growth Habit: Herb/Forb
Arizona Native Status: Native
Habitat: Upland, Mountain. It is typically found growing in grassy areas where it is not conspicuous until it blooms.
Flower Color: White, Grayish, Violet, Pink
Flowering Season: Spring
Height: To 2 feet (61 cm) tall
Description: The flowers are 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter and have 3 petals with round or crescent-shaped depressed petal glands and usually dark purple anthers. The leaves are green, linear, and grasslike. The stems are upright and branched.
There are a number of similar species of Mariposa Lily here, but this is the most common and widespread one. Unlike the Doubting Mariposa Lily, the similar Winding Mariposa Lily (Calochortus flexuosus) has trailing stems, while Gunnison's Mariposa Lily (C. gunnisonii) has hairier petals, and Sego Lily (C. nuttallii) has less branched stems and paler anthers.
Legal Status – Protected Native Plant (Salvage Restricted)
Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Family: Liliaceae – Lily family
Genus: Calochortus Pursh – mariposa lily
Species: Calochortus ambiguus (M.E. Jones) Ownbey – doubting mariposa lily
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