Calochortus Hybrids

Gilbert Nancy L Contr 9 CES/CEC
Tue, 09 Nov 2004 15:09:08 PST
My husband, Ames, and I happened on some interesting Calochortus hybrids in
the Mt. Diablo park this spring. One type appeared to be a hybrid between C.
umbellatus and C. pulchellus and it had all the intermediate characteristics
you  would expect if you married the two. We found three plants, all within
a small area, that appeared to be these hybrids. 
Later in the spring Ames returned and found a very unique Calochortus
blooming; If I have time I will post some photos and get opinions on it. If
I were to guess, based simply on apperances, I would say that it was a
hybrid between C. luteus and and C. umbellatus or C. luteus and C.
pulchellus. It was the only plant of this type and was really unusual. It
looked like a miniature, lemon yellow mariposa that was too shy to fully
Has anyone every heard of these species hybridizing before?
Nancy Gilbert

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