E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Anticlea elegans Pursh
mountain death-camas

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Royal BC Museum (Ken Marr)  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #88251)

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Species Information

Perennial herb from a deep, scaly, narrowly egg-shaped bulb 2-3 cm long; flowering stems 20-80 cm tall, smooth.
Basal leaves several, linear-lanceolate and grass-like, 8-30 cm long, 3-15 mm wide, smooth, glaucous, somewhat keeled, the margins entire; stem leaves few, reduced upward becoming bract-like.
Inflorescence an open, terminal cluster of few to several, stalked flowers, the stalks 1-5 cm long, ascending; flowers greenish-white to yellowish-white, bowl- to saucer-shaped, of 6 distinct tepals, the tepals narrowly egg-shaped, 7-11 mm long, each with a large, dark green, deeply notched gland near the base just above the short claws; stamens 6; pistil 1, 3-chambered.
Capsules, narrowly egg-shaped, 3-lobed, 1.5-2 cm long; seeds numerous, straw-coloured, 5-6 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to dry meadows, rocky or grassy slopes, tundra and open forests (often on calcium-rich sites) in the steppe to alpine zones; frequent in E and N BC, rare in SC BC; N to AK, E to SK and S to IA, TX, NM, AZ, NV and OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Anticlea elegans

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) 478 1363 2541
Slope Gradient (%) 0 30 95
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 191 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(14), BAFA(16), BG(1), BWBS(61), ESSF(80), ICH(23), IDF(35), IMA(1), MS(37), PP(11), SBS(4), SWB(61)

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Zigadenus elegans Pursh

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