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Mariposa lily

(Calochortus kennedyi)

Some years mariposas don't bloom at all. This photo was taken in 1998, a record year. In over 20 years of photographing on the same hillside, I have never seen so many blooms nor so many on a single plant.

Sometimes shades into a yellow species (calochortus nuttalii aureus). Related to the weak-stemmed, white mariposa (calochortus flexuousus) and the sego lily (the state flower of Utah).

Its genus name, calochortus, means beautiful grass in Greek. Mariposa is the Spanish word for butterfly and also is a slang word for lesbian in Mexico.

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