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

Fritillaria pudica (Pursh) Spreng.
yellow bell (yellow fritillary)
Liliaceae

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Species Information

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General:
Perennial herb from a bulb of a few larger, fleshy scales and numerous small, rice-grain bulblets; stems 10-25 cm tall, slender to sturdy, smooth.
Leaves:
Usually a nearly opposite pair, sometimes several and alternate to nearly whorled, linear to narrowly lanceolate, 3-15 cm long, 2-12 mm wide, smooth.
Flowers:
Inflorescence of 1 or rarely 2, drooping flowers atop the stem; flowers yellow, often faintly striped with purple or brown near the base, fading to orange or brick-red, narrowly bell-shaped, of 6 similar, distinct tepals, the tepals lance-oblong to lanceolate, 1.5-2.5 cm long, 4-8 mm wide, with a small, green nectar gland on inner surface near the base; stamens 6; pistil 1, 3-chambered.
Fruits:
Capsules, erect, cylindric to egg-shaped, 6-angled, wings lacking, 2-3 cm long; seeds numerous, flattened.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Yellow
Blooming Period:
Early Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Red
Present over the Spring
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Dry shrublands, grasslands and open coniferous forests in the steppe and lower montane zones; infrequent in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; E to AB and S to NM, UT, NV and N CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Ecology

Ecological Framework for Fritillaria pudica

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

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Elevation (metres) 250 752 2027
Slope Gradient (%) 0 21 80
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
5 81 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 2 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
Class
C
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
150
Modal BEC Zone Class
BG
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(53), ESSF(1), ICH(1), IDF(38), MS(3), PP(47)

Climate

The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Lilium pudicum Pursh
Ochrocodon pudicus (Pursh) Rydb.

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