WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 
 

Look for these 1–2-foot tall lilies with 1–inch wide, yellow flowers in the morning because they close by afternoon. The flower looks like the miniature day lilies common in the nursery and flower trades.


FLOWERS: May–October. Yellow with 6 petals (tepals), 3/8–1/2 inch long (9–15 mm) with a (faint) greenish stripe down the center, 6 stamens, 1 style and pistil; flowers bloom about 3/4 inch apart on single, slender stem (scape). Fruit is an oblong capsule.


LEAVES: Basal, 3–15 grass-like blades, narrow, linear, 3 1/2–16 inches long (8–40 cm).


HABITAT: Rocky, gravelly, sandy soils of mesas, mountain meadows, ridges; pinyon-juniper, ponderosa pine-Douglas fir forests.


ELEVATION: 5,000–10,000 feet.


RANGE: AZ, NM, TX; Mexico.


SIMILAR SPECIES: The yellow flowers along the single stem distinguish this flower from related species. Some recent references place this in Anthericaceae, the St. Bernard’s-Lily Family.


NM COUNTIES: Western and southern NM in mid- to high-elevation, dry habitats: Catron, Cibola, Colfax, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Lincoln, Luna, McKinley, Otero, Roosevelt, San Miguel, Sierra, Socorro, Torrance.

 

CRAG  LILY

ECHEANDIA  FLAVESCENS

Asparagus Family, Asparagaceae (formerly in Lily Family, Liliaceace)

Perennial herb

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Echeandia flavescens

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