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Milla biflora, Mexican Star
Scientific Name:Milla biflora Common Name: Mexican Star
Also Called: Mexican-star, (Spanish: Azucena del Campo, Lilia Cimarrona)
Family:Liliaceae or Lily Family
Synonyms: (Milla biflura)
Status:Native Duration:Perennial Size: Up to 20 inches long or less.
Growth Form:Forb/herb; flowering stems from a tunicatebulb.
Leaves: Green; leaves 2 to 10; all basal, narrow and grass-like.
Flower Color: White with a green mid vein; flowers are solitary or in umbel-like clusters of 1 or 9, flowers large, salverform, lobes about ¾ inch long; fruit is an ovoidcapsule.
Flowering Season: August to September.
Elevation: 3,300 to 8,900 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Most volcanic soils, dry hillsides, ridges and open woods of oak or pine.
Recorded Range:Milla biflora is relatively rare in the United States where it is found primarily in southern Arizona and extreme southwest New Mexico. This species is also native to Baja California and Mexico.
U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: In North America Milla biflora is "Salvage Protected" by the State of Arizona.
Genus Information: In North America there is 1 species and 1 accepted taxa overall for Milla. World wide, The Plant List includes 14 accepted species names and a further 10 infraspecific rank for the genus.
In the Southwestern United States there is 1 species of Milla. All data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.
Comments: Mexican Star is included in Southwest Desert Flora as a possible encounter in desert transition areas. The Natural Resources Conservation Service, PlantsUSA.gov reports written records of Milla biflora in Checklist of the vascular plants of Texas (MP-1655). However the Flora of North America North of Mexico dispute this account.