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10•52 • 2018 • checker lily | by Doug Churchill
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10•52 • 2018 • checker lily

Finally found some of these California Native Wildflowers in Upper Bidwell Park.

 

"Fritillaria affinis (checker lily, chocolate lily) is a highly variable species in the genus Fritillaria, native to western North America, in California, Klamath Ranges, the north coast ranges, Cascade Ranges, north Sierra Nevada foothills, and the San Francisco Bay Area, north to British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho. [2]

 

It grows from a bulb, which resembles a small mass of rice grains. The stems are 10â120 cm tall. The flowers are produced in the spring, nodding, 1â4 cm, yellowish or greenish brown with a lot of yellow mottling to purplish black with little mottling, or yellow-green mottled with purple. The leaves are in whorls.[3]

 

Its habitat includes oak or pine scrub or open woods and thickets near the coast.

 

There are two varieties:

 

Fritillaria affinis var. affinis

Fritillaria affinis var. tristulis"

 

Thanks to @mattkloskowski for his awesome work with the LR sun flare presets. With a little work it was easy to customize the light rays for this photo. If you can't make it, fake it. LOL

 

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Taken on March 11, 2018