Crowned Muilla

Muilla coronata

Muilla coronata

Color: White

Common name: Crowned Muilla

Latin name: Muilla coronata

Family: LILIACEAE

Height: <6 inches

Description: It is a perennial growing from a short, vertical, swollen underground plant stem. The flowering stem bears an umbrella-shaped array of up to 10, but usually fewer, flowers on pedicels up to 3 centimeters long. Each flower has six tepals which are white in color, often with a blue tinge inside and a greenish tinge on the outer surfaces. At the center of the flower are six stamens with wide white petal-like filaments. The filaments are partially fused into a, erect, cylindrical "crown".

Leaf: There are few-several leaves that grow from the base of the plant that are narrow and generally cylindric.

Range: s High Sierra Nevada (e slope), East of Sierra Nevada, n&w Mojave Desert

Habitat: UNCOMMON. Open desert scrub, woodland, in heavy soils

Elevation: 1000–1600 m.

Flowering time: Mar–Apr

Notes: Muilla coronata, a monocot, is a perennial herb (bulb) that is native to California and to Nevada. It is included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants on list 4.2 (limited distribution). This photo was taken on March 15, 2005 near the junction of Highways 395 and 58.

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