Summer Sips: Not All Butterflies Fly: Mariposa Lilies of Southwest California

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020

Time: 4:30PM - 6:00PM

Instructor: Fred Roberts

Location: Zoom Meeting

Sliding Scale starting at $15

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Join us for the 10th annual Summer Sips Series

Mariposa lilies are one of California’s most popular native plants. They are easy to recognize and such a delight to find, are quite showy for California’s often subdued landscapes, and come in a stunning variety of hues. All mariposa lilies belong to the genus Calochortus, which includes about 70 species in western North America, ranging from British Columbia south to Guatemala. However, California is the center of diversity for this genus. And Southern California alone boasts 15 different species that are live in many different ecosystems including mountains, foothills, and coastal regions. Join us as Fred Roberts gives us a tour of these beautiful bulbs that range from the white globe-shaped white fairy lantern (C. albus); the reds, whites, and yellows of butterfly mariposa lily (C. venustus); the brilliant orange of desert mariposa (C. kennedyi); and the straw-colored late-flowering mariposa lily (C. fimbriatus).


Image of Fred RobertsFred Roberts author of Illustrated Guide to the Oaks of the Southern Californian Floristic Province (1995) and co-author of Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains (2013) has been working with native plants since high school. He was the assistant curator of the Herbarium at the Museum of Systematic Biology at UC Irvine for nine years, worked as a botanist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service primarily adding species to the endangered species list, and has spent the last 20 years as an independent botanical consultant, author, and artist. His specialties include the flora of Orange County, oaks, lilies and their relatives, and rare plants of Southern California.





Check out our other summer lectures

May 30th: Capturing the Secret World of Wildlife
Ben Teton, Widlife Biologist and Conservation Scientist

June 27th: Not All Butterflies Fly: Mariposa Lilies of Southwest California
Fred Roberts, Botanist, Author, and Artist

July 25th: The Green Cure: The Scientific Evidence for Nature as Medicine
John La Puma, MD, Physician, Author, and Educator

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