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Globe Lily (Calochortus albus) flower and bud on the Hite Cove trail

Globe Lily (Calochortus albus)

Aliases:  White Globe Lily; Fairy Lantern

Family:  Lily (Liliaceae)

Globe Lilies are one of the best reasons for not napping your way through the foothills en route to Yosemite. (Traffic safety is another.) The gossamer, golf-ball-sized flowers of the Globe Lily are frequently found in shady places in the hills, but grow only sporadically at the lowest reaches of Yosemite itself. You can find Globe Lilies - also known as Fairy Lanterns - blooming most years along the Hite Cove trail; look for them growing on shady banks and under the branches of trees.

Blooms:  April - June

Lifespan:  Perennial

Origins:  Endemic to California (see distribution map)

Calochortus albus Etymology:  It's a combination of Greek (Calochortus) and Latin (albus) words meaning "beautiful white grass."

This Photo:  Along the Hite Cove trail, mid April

Other Resources:   CalFlora  ·  USDA  ·  CalPhotos  ·  eFloras.org

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