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Eremocrinum albomarginatum

Eremocrinum albomarginatum (Sand Lily)
Asparagaceae. Synonym: Agavaceae. (Asparagus Family)

Semi-desert.  Shrublands, openings.  Spring, summer.
Corona Arch Trail, Utah, April 13, 2005.

This lovely plant is found only in southeast Utah and northern Arizona (where it is rare), most often in deep blow-sand areas.  Where you find the gracefully arching leaves of one plant, look around and you will probably find many more plants.  It is common for each Eremocrinum albomarginatum plant to produce about two dozen flowers.

After discovering this plant near the Green River in Utah in 1890, Marcus Jones named it Hesperanthes albomarginata in 1891 but then changed the genus name to Eremocrinum in 1893.

"Eremocrinum" is the Greek for "Desert Lily" and "albomarginatum" refers to the "white margined" flowers and the "white-margined" leaves.

Eremocrinum albomarginatum

Eremocrinum albomarginatum (Sand Lily)
Asparagaceae. Synonym: Agavaceae. (Asparagus Family)

Semi-desert.  Shrublands, openings.  Spring, summer.
Corona Arch Trail, Utah, April 13, 2005.

Buds often are so numerous that they cause the elongating flower stem to arch at the top. As the plant matures the flower stem stiffens.

Eremocrinum albomarginatum

Eremocrinum albomarginatum (Sand Lily)
Asparagaceae. Synonym: Agavaceae. (Asparagus Family)

Semi-desert.  Shrublands, openings.  Spring, summer.
Corona Arch Trail, Utah, April 13, 2005.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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