Scape 10-20 cm, slender. Flowers 14-24 mm; perianth pale purple or lilac, rotate, tube urceolate, slightly contricted above ovary, 9-11 mm, thin, opaque, not splitting in fruit, lobes ascending to strongly recurved, 9-11 mm; filaments 4-5 mm, base not triangular, with narrow abaxial wings, appendages absent; anthers ± obcordate, 2-3 mm, apex notched into wide V; staminodia erect, held close to stamens, white, broad, 8-11 mm, margins 1/2 involute at mid length, apex deeply notched; ovary 4-5 mm; style 8-11 mm; pedicel 5-30 cm. 2n = 12.
Flowering spring (late May--early Jun). Foothill woodlands in open areas along intermittent streambeds, serpentine soils; of conservation concern; 300--400 m; Calif.
Brodiaea pallida is endangered. It forms a single population 10-20 feet wide for approximately one-fourth of a mile along a stream near Chinese Camp, Tuolumne County. It putatively hybridizes with B. elegans and is threatened by cattle-grazing and development. It is in cultivation.