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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Brodiaeoideae
Genus: Triteleiopsis
Hoover [1]
T. palmeri
Binomial name
Triteleiopsis palmeri
Synonyms [1]
  • Brodiaea palmeri(S.Watson)
  • Triteleia palmeri(S.Watson) Greene

Triteleiopsis, common name Bajalily or blue sand lily, is a genus of one known species of flowering plant found in Sonora, Baja California and southwestern Arizona. [1] In the APG III classification system, it is placed in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Brodiaeoideae (formerly the family Themidaceae). [2]

The only known species is the bulbous plant Triteleiopsis palmeri, [3] with the common name Palmer's Bajalily. [4]

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  1. 1 2 3 "Triteleiopsis", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew , retrieved 2011-05-26
  2. Chase, M.W.; Reveal, J.L. & Fay, M.F. (2009), "A subfamilial classification for the expanded asparagalean families Amaryllidaceae, Asparagaceae and Xanthorrhoeaceae", Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 161 (2): 132–136, doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00999.x
  3. Espejo Serena, A. & López-Ferrari, A.R. (1993), Las Monocotiledóneas Mexicanas una Sinopsis Florística, 1, Consejo Nacional de la Flora de México, México D.F., pp. 1–76
  4. "Triteleiopsis palmeri". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA . Retrieved 16 December 2015.