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Fritillaria pinetorum
Fritillaria pinetorum
Davidson's Fritillary
Photographer: Aaron Schusteff

ID: 0000 0000 0705 0171 (2005-07-05)

Copyright © 2005 Aaron Schusteff

  • date of photo  Jun 26, 2005
  • latitude 36.44832   longitude -118.61458   max error distance 350 meters     View on Google Maps.
  • horizontal datum World Geodetic System 1984
  • georeferencing source GEOLocate
  • georeferencing remarks Placed marker on trail and error is half the approximate distance of ranger station area (buildings).
  • location   Nature trail near Cold Springs Campground, Mineral King, Sequoia National Park. (Tulare County, California, US)
  • family Liliaceae
  • notes   Identifying this plant poses difficulties for me. The shape of the tepals: widely ovate, with wide bases and somewhat mucronate tips and the color of the anthers (red) leads me to reckon this as F. pinetorum, rather than F. atropurpurea (which typically has thinner elliptic tepals which taper to their bases and yellow anthers). The Jepson Manual states that Fritillaria pinetorum is 'easily confused with F. atropurpurea, which has upper leaves +/- = to lowest cauline leaf'. Indeed, this plant did have upper leaves +/- = to lowest leaves. Moreoever, the distribution map in Jepson for F. pinetorum does not appear to include Mineral King (though it does include the central High Sierra Nevada, a bit to the north of Mineral King). Munz's key and descriptions don't clarify matters for me. Nevertheless, despite these apparent inconsistencies with the Jepson Manual, my best guess is that this is F. pinetorum. Can anyone out there provide decisive info on this matter?
  • camera   Shot on a Canon Digital Rebel XT at f9, 1/50, ISO 100, with a Canon 50mm compact macro lens.
  • photo category: Plant - annual/perennial

  • common names   Davidson's Fritillary, Pinewoods Fritillary (ITIS )
  • Look for Jepson Manual treatments, maps (University & Jepson Herbaria)
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  • The photographer's identification Fritillaria pinetorum has not been reviewed. Click here to review or comment on the identification.

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