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Yellow star tulip (Calochortus monophyllus)

The yellow star tulip (Calochortus monophyllus) is a California-native perennial herb, which is endemic to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades. Its hairy, bright yellow wildflowers are quite showy, and make for a beautiful contrast to the pine forest humus from which they grow. Despite the common name, this plant is not a member of the true tulips (genus Tulipa), which are non-native to California.

Yellow star tulip (Calochortus monophyllus), overhead close-up view.  Pioneer, Amador County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0497
Yellow star tulip (Calochortus monophyllus), overhead close-up view. Pioneer, Amador County, California, USA.
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Yellow star tulip (Calochortus monophyllus).  Pioneer, Amador County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0498
Yellow star tulip (Calochortus monophyllus). Pioneer, Amador County, California, USA.
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