Rare Plant Treasure Hunt: Mariposa Lily

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018

Time: 8:30AM - 11:00AM

Instructor: Heather Schneider

Location: Tunnel Rd. Trailhead

Please email Heather Schneider to RSVP

Search for the rare Late-Flowered Mariposa Lily

Late-flowered mariposa lily (Calochortus fimbriatus) is a rare perennial bulb that is found in the front country in Santa Barbara, as well as along parts of Camino Cielo. This vibrantly colored wildflower is true to its name and blooms in the heat of summer.

We will visit an observation from 1944 along Jesusita trail. Meet at the Tunnel Rd. trailhead to search for this plant and an optional jaunt to Inspiration Point after.

Difficulty: easy/moderate

Participants should be in good physical condition.
Be sure to bring:

  • plenty of water
  • snacks
  • hat
  • sunscreen
  • sturdy shoes
  • pen/pencil
  • clipboard
  • camera

June 22: Rare Plant Treasure Hunt: Cliff Aster

What is a Rare Plant Treasure Hunt?

The Rare Plant Treasure Hunt is a citizen science program with the goal of updating information of our state’s rare plants. Many of California’s rare plant populations have not been seen in decades. In coordination with a project to map rare plants within the Zaca and Jesusita fire scars, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden will offer two Rare Plant Treasure Hunts in the Los Padres National Forest in 2018.

Learn more about this and other Rare Plant Treasure Hunts here


Dr. Heather E. ScneiderDr. Heather Schneider is the Rare Plant Biologist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. She received her PhD from the University of California, Riverside and has diverse experience in plant ecology, invasive plants, anthropogenic nitrogen deposition, evolutionary biology and conservation…with a brief foray in desert tortoise research. She is an avid wildflower hunter and can frequently be found with her nose to the ground in search of belly flowers.

Botany/Natural History
Travel/Day Trips