Calochortus habitat in the White Mountains of California

One of the most wide-spread (and beautiful) of the Mariposa Lilies is Calochortus kennedyi. If you were driving over the White Mountains toward Nevada, you might find yourself in a high desert valley like this one. In May and June, if there had been enough rain, there might be some scattered orange dots in the landscape. In this population, the plants avoid both the highest points and the valley floor, so they tend to make a sort of 'bathtub ring' around the lower slopes of the valley at a certain altitude.

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