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Pussy-Ears Star Tulip

Calochortus tolmiei


I love Calochortus and this is one of my favorite species. Beautiful color and texture.


Chimney Rock trail, Point Reyes National Seashore, CA.


Calochortus tolmiei is a species of flowering plant in the lily family known by the common names Tolmie star-tulip and pussy ears. It is native to the west coast of the United States from Washington to California, where it is a common member of the flora in several types of habitat. Calochortus tolmiei is a perennial herb producing a slender stem, branched or unbranched, to 40 centimeters in maximum height. There is a basal leaf up to 40 centimeters long which does not wither at flowering, and generally a smaller leaf farther up the stem. The inflorescence is a solitary bloom or a cluster of bell-shaped flowers. Each has white to pale pink or purple petals, each up to 2.5 centimeters long, and three narrower sepals beneath. The petals are usually very hairy on their inner surfaces, and may be fringed with long hairs as well. The fruit is a winged capsule 2 or 3 centimeters long containing several dark brown seeds. Wikipedia

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misako 6 years ago

Thanks SarahWhitt, it is quite lovely.

SarahWhitt 6 years ago

WOW!! I have never seen this! It is QUITE LOVELY!! :)

misako 8 years ago

Thank you Rajendra.

Rajendra 8 years ago

Nice one

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California, USA

Spotted on Apr 12, 2014
Submitted on Nov 24, 2014

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