ABOUT LISA BERRY
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Scientific Name: Calochortus Leichtlinii
Common Name: Mariposa Lily
Color: White with a yellow center and
a maroon spot on each petal.
Description: The large, bowl-shaped flower consists of three large petals with hairy yellow bases, and three small, pointed sepals. Six short stamens sport long anthers.
Habitat: Dry flats and forest openings up to 10,000 feet.
Edibility: The bulbs presented a major food source for some Native American tribes.
Comments: This showy flower is not easily missed. Mariposa is Spanish for "butterfly," as the large white petals resemble butterfly wings. The hairy glandular centers catch pollen from visiting insects.