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Flower on the overlook trail.  Any idea what it is?

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By Mike Howard
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Nov 1, 2007

Bobby,

Great photo. I have been calling this a Mariposa Lily, but some use Sego Lily. It should have grass-like leaves and stem and vase-like flowers (I can't be sure from the pic.) "Mariposa" is Spanish for "Butterfly" and "Sego" is a Shoshonean word for "edible bulb". Yours is probably Calochortus gunnisonii. Nice site at www.swcoloradowildflowers.com/White%20Enlarged%20Photo%20Pag>>>
Cheers (I expect a reference in the guide for this),
Mike

By andrew kulmatiski
From: logan, ut
Dec 11, 2007

I don't know the species, but it is in the genus Calochortus. There are quite a few species (50+) in this genus in the intermountain west. There may be the Gunison's Mariposa Lily.

By mtoensing
From: Boulder
Sep 29, 2010

Only about three species of this genus in Colorado. Probably C. gunnisonii as Mike said.

By joshf
From: missoula, mt
Jun 24, 2012

Mariposa Lily is correct, beautiful!

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Flower on the overlook trail. Any idea what it is?

Submitted By: Ben Kiessel on Oct 31, 2007