Glancing at the iris, one sees no stamens or pistils—the pollen and seed producing parts of the flower. They are well protected and hidden from view. The pistil or "female organ" consists of a stigma, style, and ovary. Generally the style is a slender tubelike structure connecting the stigma which receives pollen to the ovary where seeds form. In this flower the style looks like another petal. The style is readily identified because it is topped by two arches called crests.
DISTRIBUTION: Common in grassy places near the coast from NW to SW Calif.; < 100 (-1000) m.