Calochortus minimus/nudus/hybrid/

Michael Drake drakee52@gmail.com
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:19:33 PDT
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
>
>
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> Drake <drakee52@gmail.com>
> Sent: Monday, September 18, 2017 5:51 PM
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> 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
> >
> >
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> > 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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