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Blue Sand Lily
Palmer's Baja-lily

Triteleiopsis palmeri

Blue Sand Lily, Triteleiopsis palmeri, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed about 15 km south of Sonoyta, Sonora, Mexico. 4 March 2012.

PERENNIAL: Regrows each winter-spring if there is enough precipitation. Undergound are a series of bulbs (corms) that remain dormant the remainder of the year.

FLOWERS: Clusters of six-petaled flowers on a tall, smooth stalk. Up to 50 cm tall. Blooms late winter or early spring.

LEAVES: The strap-shaped leaves are all at ground level and begin yellowing as the flowers bloom. In some years of lower precipitation only leaves are produced.

RANGE: Rare in the sandy areas of far southwestern Arizona close to the border with Sonora. More common in sandy areas in northwestern Sonora and Baja California.

FRUIT: Pod-like, with three partitions.


Liliaceae -- Lily Family

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 5 March 2012.