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Cat's Ear

Cat's Ear
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Copyright: Lori Cannon (LCannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 137 N: 804] (3107)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-06
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5700
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-07 4:55
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Points: 10
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I found this Cat's Ear Lilly, also known as Cascade Mariposa Lilly, on the Grassy Knoll trail in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. My family and I hiked up there this weekend. Last year was the first time I'd ever seen this flower, and it was on this same trail.
I think the name is very appropriate with all the little "hairs"

From Paul Slichter's web site:

Cat's-ear Lily/ Cascade Mariposa Lily
Calochortus subalpinus

Cascade mariposa lily is a beautiful, perennial wildflower arising from deep seated, tunicated bulbs. The plant is erect, arising from 5 to 30 cm in height. The leaf is generally basal, about 10 to 30 cm long and 2 to 15 mm wide. The leaf has parallel venation and is elliptical in shape, tapering to a point at both ends. Two to several narrow, leafy bracts may be found below the flower cluster.

One to five flowers may found atop the stem. The flowers have three yellowish-white petals which are obovate in shape. The petals measure from 15-22 mm long. The inner side of each petal is typically very much bearded with long, slender hairs (see uppermost photo). The 3 sepals are lanceolate to lance-ovate in shape with pointed tip, and measure 1.5-2 cm long. The sepals are cream-colored or may have a light purplish tinge with a deep purple spot. The fruit are pendant, of elliptic shape and 3 winged.

Cascade mariposa Lilies live in loose volcanic soils at medium to higher elevation, typically found in open forests and drier meadows.

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Ciao Lori!
A lovely capture of this flower. Nicely placed and composed.
The colours and lighting are very good.
Well focused.


Hello Lori,
Great close up, TFS.

great close up! TFS Ori

Hello Lori, and what a beautiful flower - definitely one that I do not know.
What an unusual shape, those hairs in the petals stand out well. Good colours and sharpness too. Everything seems to be in 3's. How exciting to see it.
Have you a new camera?

Hi Lori,
Excellent picture of this lovely flower. TFS.
- Nirmal

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