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Calochortus ambiguus, Doubting Mariposa Lily
Scientific Name:Calochortus ambiguus Common Name: Doubting Mariposa Lily
Also Called: Mariposa
Family:Liliaceae or Lily Family Synonyms: (Calochortus watsonii var. ambiguus)
Status:Native Duration:Perennial Size: Up to 24 inches more or less.
Growth Form:Forb/herb; bulb-forming herb, stems branching.
Leaves: Green; basal, leaves linear.
Flower Color: White, pinkish, lavender or blue-gray with green center; showy, flowers erect, campanulate, filaments shorter than anthers, anthers reddish-purple, oblong-lanceolate, fruit a capsule.
Flowering Season: April to August.
Elevation: 3,000 to 8,000 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Dry slopes, chaparral and open pine forests.
Recorded Range: In the United States Doubting Mariposa is relatively rare found only in Arizona, New Mexico and the extreme southwest corner of Utah. Most abundant in Arizona where it is found throughout most of the state above 3,000 feet. It is also native to northern Mexico (Sonora).
U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information:Calochortus ambiguus is a protected native species in Arizona.
Genus Information: Over 50 species in Calochortus in western United States and Canada. 6 species in Arizona, 44 in California and 5 in New Mexico. The Plant List includes 74 scientific plant names of species rank for the genus Calochortus.
All data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.
Comments: Doubting Mariposa Lily is the most frequently encountered Mariposas in Arizona. It most closely resembles Sego Lily, Calochortus nuttallii.