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General: Lily Family (Liliaceae). This high elevation plant is found from 2000 to 2900 meters. It thrives in the damp shade of aspen groves or in open meadows in the pinyon-juniper and subalpine zones. The plants are from one to four dm. high. The small, round to egg-shaped bulbs are from 3 to 15 mm, and the bulb coats are light colored with indistinct reticulation. The dainty, open flower heads occur on pedicels that are 10-25 mm. in length and the flowers range in color from white to pink to rose. The flower petals are 5-10 mm. long and narrows to pointed tips. Each papery fruit contains approximately 7 black seeds. The flat leaves number two to three and give off an onion smell when bruised.