Fritillaria Ojaiensis, Rare Wildflower

Fritillaria ojaiensis checkered lily rare endangered santa barbara santa ynez mountainsA single Fritillaria ojaiensis growing along Fremont Trail in the Santa Ynez Mountains. This photo is from early spring 2014.

This variety of lily is endemic to California. It’s listed by the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) as being rare throughout its range, considered to be an endangered species. I completed a California Native Species Field Survey Form for the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The data will purportedly be added to the state’s Natural Diversity Database, which according to CNPS is “the largest, most comprehensive database of its type in the world. It presently contains more than 65,000 site-specific records on California’s rarest plants, animals and natural communities.”

Checkered Lily Mission Bells Fritillaria ojaiensis rare endangered Santa Barbara
Fritillaria ojaiensis leaf Santa YnezA Fritillaria ojaiensis leaf sprouting from a bank along Oso Creek in the Los Padres National Forest. There is a fairly large grouping of them at this site, more than 100 individual plants. Photo from February 2015.

Fritillaria ojaiensis Santa Barbara County Los Padres National ForestWith more sun exposure the leaves take on a bronze hue.

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5 Responses to Fritillaria Ojaiensis, Rare Wildflower

  1. Nice find – love the 2nd photo!

  2. Richard Woolsey says:

    Jack, beautiful photos; thanks for the nice respite.

  3. John McKnight says:

    Cool article thank you

  4. Steve says:

    Very cool…what a treat it would to see one of these while on the trail. Thanks for sharing

  5. Hugh Twibell says:

    I just found one of these at the top of Tequipis Trail 5/15/2021. Never saw one before. Must have come back from the Whittier fire four years ago.

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