Plant Portraits:

The California Legacy of A.R. Valentien

Mariposa Lily: Calochortus venustus

Valentien especially enjoyed painting species of Calochortus, a stunning genus in the Lily family that displays its greatest diversity in California, including 65 species that show a dazzling panoply of variation. The name Calochortus comes from the Greek for “beautiful grass”; the latter refers to the linear, grass-like leaves. Many of these species are of special conservation status, as they are either threatened or endangered plants and often have a very specific, restricted distribution.

Mariposa Lily

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Painting Samples

    Five Finger Fern
    Giant Horsetail
    Purple Needle-grass
    Bear Grass
    Mariposa Lily
    Washington Lily
    Howell's Lewisia
    Matilija  Poppy
    California Poppy
    California Pitcher Plant  
    Tree Anemone
    Toyon
    Buckeye
    California Lilac
    Ocotillo
    Teddy Bear Cholla
    Beavertail Cactus
    Velvet Cactus
    Balsam Root
    Western Thistle