John's Nature Pictures

Square Mariposa Lily

The Square Mariposa Lily is a wonderfully variable flower. Normally white with a wide variety of possible markings, I know of one place where it blooms a solid wine-red color. I found this beautiful specimen on the edge of that area. It gets it's name from the yellow-orange square mark deep inside each petal, the one surrounded with the dark red hairs. Hard to see in this low-resolution internet-friendly image.   Calochortus venustus   (Lily family)

Picture #175 -  copyright © 1997 by John Sherman


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