The speckled flowers of ojai fritillary are a sight to behold in the woodlands of central California.
This rare species of lily is endangered, largely due to human trampling and the impact of camping.
Ojai fritillary is a herb that has an erect stem bearing long, straight, very narrow leaves. Its nodding flowers are greenish-yellow to purple in colour with purple markings.
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Ojai fritillary populations are under threat from trampling by nearby hikers and campers.
As part of the Centre for Plant Conservation (CPC) network’s efforts to save plants, conservationists at Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens collected seeds from two ojai fritillary populations in Los Padres National Forest.
These seeds were deposited in long term conservation collections that will protect the ojai fritillary for the future.