Chlorogalum pomeridianum

Wildflowers Monocots Asparagales Agavaceae Chlorogalum

Waxy leaved soap lily.

Formerly placed in the Liliaceae family.

Seen blooming just below where Rattlesnake trail hits Gibraltar in June. There is a grove of these plants, most taller than I. The blooms do not seem to open until late afternoon. Each plant (when I saw it in June) was surrounded by a mess of dead basal leaves from which the flower spike protruded. No leaves on the spike.

The six stamens are closely associated with six tepals.

Flower being pollinated by a bee

No blooms in the morning. Only buds and withered flowers

Flowerspike surrounded by dried basal leaves

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