Wildflowers II

Yellow Bell

Yellow Bell

Yellow bells (Fritillaria pudica) are one of my favorite spring wildflowers. This member of the lily family sprouts from a bulblike corm (thickened underground stem) surrounded by tiny bulblets that resemble rice. The species name, pudica, derives from a Latin word meaning “bashful”, probably referring to the flower’s nodding head. This yellow bell is growing in one of our pastures (Modoc County CA).

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