This little stunning iris was found on our hike at the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, Santa Clara County, California.
Bowl tube (ground) iris Iris macrosiphon
Range: Widespread in central California’s coastal ranges and facing Sierra Nevada foothills; south to Mariposa and Santa Cruz counties, replaced by I. tenuissima north of the Great Central Valley. Near sea level to around 3,000 feet elevation.
Habitat: Sunny, open woodland sites, grasslands or meadows with filtered or no shade. Replaced by other species in adjacent shaded woodland habitats.