Fritillaria affinis (Schult.) Sealy var. affinis
chocolate lily (checker lily)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


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Distribution of Fritillaria affinis var. affinis
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a bulb of a few larger, fleshy scales and numerous small, rice-grain bulblets; stems 20-80 cm tall, slender to sturdy, smooth.
Usually in 1 or 2 whorls of 3 to 5 on the stem, scattered and alternate above, narrowly lanceolate to lance-egg-shaped, 5-10 (15) cm long, 0.5-3 cm wide, smooth.
Inflorescence a single nodding flower, or 2 to 5 relatively long-stalked flowers in a terminal cluster; flowers variably brownish-purple mottled with greenish-yellow, to yellowish-green mottled purple, broadly bell-shaped, of 6 similar, distinct tepals, the tepals oblong to egg-shaped, 2-4 cm long, 1-2 cm wide, with a long, yellowish-green nectar gland on inner surface near the base; stamens 6; pistil 1, 3-chambered.
Capsules, erect, cylindric-egg-shaped, 6-angled, winged on the angles, 2 cm long; seeds numerous, flattened.
This species has long been known as F. lanceolata, an illegitimate name.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Fritillaria affinis var. affinis

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
744 390 1137
Slope Gradient (%)
27 0 70

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

181 60 250
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 0 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

ICH(5), IDF(6), SBS(1)

Habitat and Range

Dry to mesic grassy bluffs, meadows and open forests in the lowland and steppe to lower subalpine zones; common on SE Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and inland to SC BC, south of 52degreeN; S to ID and CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Fritillaria camschatcensis var. floribunda (Benth.) B. Boivin
Fritillaria eximia Eastw.
Fritillaria lanceolata Pursh
Fritillaria mutica Lindl.
Fritillaria mutica var. gracilis (S. Watson) Jeps.