What is a Weakstem Mariposa
Below is a transcription of the above sign found at the Valley of Fire Visitor Center.
Weakstem Mariposa or Straggling Mariposa or Sego Lily – Calochortus flexuosus
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Clade: Tracheophytes
- Clade: Angiosperms
- Clade: Monocots
- Order: Liliales
- Family: Liliaceae
- Genus: Calochortus
- Species: C. flexuosus
Creosote Bush Scrub
Weaksteam climbs sturdier shrubs or straggles across sand dunes and rocky slopes.
2400 to 4000 ft (820 to 1300 m)
TYPE OF SOIL
SOURCE OF WATER
Stem may be 24 to 36 inches (60 to 90 cm) but unless supported by a shrub, flower appears just a few inches (2 cm) above the ground.
Bulb stores energy for use following season.
Plant conserves energy by producing only weak steam and small leaves.
Like other desert lilies, the bulb is edible and was collected by Indians.
Small animals also dig them for food.