Calochortus minimus/nudus/hybrid/

Kipp McMichael kimcmich@hotmail.com
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:33:55 PDT
Hmm - make that Sparaxis tricolor or perhaps an elegans x tricolor cross (the flowers show a wide range of color variation)...


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From: Kipp McMichael <kimcmich@hotmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, September 24, 2017 9:28 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Calochortus minimus/nudus/hybrid/


Greetings,


  These beauties are wild but not native. Years ago, someone planted Sparaxis elegans (a native of South Africa) on the mountain. Note sure if they planted bulbs widely or the Sparaxis has spread but you see it sprinkled along the trails. They are well-suited to the local climate but not a natural part of the plat community.


  The habitat conservationists on the mountain pull them when they see them. If you like them, by all means, dig them up and take them home!


-|<ipp


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From: pbs <pbs-bounces@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> on behalf of Michael Drake <drakee52@gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, September 24, 2017 5:59 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Calochortus minimus/nudus/hybrid/

Kipp,

One more flower for you.   This was seen in mi-April of this year at San
Bruno Mountain Park up at the top on the ridge trail.   Are they wild - I
cannot find anything that comes close.

Michael Drake

On Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 9:19 PM, Michael Drake <drakee52@gmail.com> wrote:

> Thank you!
>
> On Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 9:07 PM, Kipp McMichael <kimcmich@hotmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Greetings,
>>
>>
>>   Flower size is a very plastic character - and this year's flowering
>> season has gotten a later-than-usual start so that character may not be
>> particularly informative for this season's bloom. A hybrid would be
>> possible considering he ranges of the 2 taxa overlap at Lassen... but the
>> flower itself looks like a somewhat pale C. nudus.
>>
>>
>>   Calochortus always show a broad variation within species when it comes
>> to flower color and size and form. In the case of flower color, the age of
>> the flower as well as temperatures when the flower is open can determine
>> coloration. I mention this because finding an atypical flower is often
>> expected for a species rather then necessarily being evidence for
>> hybridization. That said, hybrids are common too.
>>
>>
>>   I would wager Lassen hosts both C. minimus and C. nudus (and given the
>> similarity of the taxa, observations may have already been made but
>> mis-identified - this is very common for Calochortus).
>>
>>
>> -|<ipp
>>
>>
>> ________________________________
>> From: pbs <pbs-bounces@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> on behalf of
>> Michael Drake <drakee52@gmail.com>
>> Sent: Monday, September 18, 2017 5:51 PM
>> To: Pacific Bulb Society
>> Subject: Re: [pbs] Calochortus minimus/nudus/hybrid/
>>
>> Kipp,
>>
>> I live on the East Coast so I have no prior experience of either species.
>>  These plants appear more consistent with C minimus in size - very small -
>> and colour based on pictures and plant descriptions I have seen.
>>
>> The park biologist at Lassen suggested the possibility of a hybrid as he
>> indicated these two species are known to hybridise.
>>
>> Michael Drake
>>
>> On Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 8:05 PM, Kipp McMichael <kimcmich@hotmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>> > Greetings,
>> >
>> >
>> >   These look to be C. nudus to me. C. minimus is usually pale white. The
>> > ranges of both are certainly close to Lassen. What makes you think they
>> may
>> > be C. minimus or a hybrid?
>> >
>> >
>> > -|<ipp
>> >
>> >
>> > ________________________________
>> > From: pbs <pbs-bounces@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> on behalf of
>> Michael
>> > Drake <drakee52@gmail.com>
>> > Sent: Monday, September 18, 2017 3:07 PM
>> > To: pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
>> > Subject: [pbs] Calochortus minimus/nudus/hybrid/
>> >
>> > Hello,
>> >
>> > We recently had the good fortune to spend a few days at Mt Lassen
>> National
>> > Park in northern CA.
>> >
>> > On August 20th, on the trail from Cold Boiling Lake to Crumbaugh Lake, I
>> > saw the attached Mariposa Lilies.
>> >
>> > They were growing along a wooded, partially sunny trail a little below
>> > 7000'.
>> >
>> > As far as I can tell, they are C minimus, Sierra Mariposa Lily.
>> >
>> > However the plant list for the park only lists C. nudus, Naked Mariposa
>> > Lily.
>> >
>> > The park naturalist indicates that without a specimen, it is impossible
>> to
>> > tell whether this is a new species for the park (C minimus),
>> > or a hybrid of C minmus and C nudus.
>> >
>> > Do any of you have any thoughts on this?   I could not find anything
>> > published online about hybrids of these species and how to identify
>> them.
>> >
>> > Any help would be appreciated.
>> >
>> > Michael Drake
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