General: Perennial herb from a small, oblong, greyish, fibrous-coated bulb at the end of a rhizome; flowering stems 4-15 cm tall, smooth.
Leaves: Basal leaves several, linear, grass-like, somewhat fleshy, 2-10 (15) cm long, about 1 mm wide, smooth; stem leaves 2 to 4, alternate, reduced upward, 1-4 cm long and 1-2 mm wide.
Flowers: Inflorescence of 1 or rarely 2, erect to nodding flowers atop the stem; flowers creamy-white with purple or green veins, often tinged with rose on the outside, broadly top-shaped, 8-13 mm long, of 6 similar, distinct tepals, the tepals oblong or broadly lanceolate; stamens 6; pistil 1, 3-chambered.
Fruits: Capsules, egg-shaped, 6-8 mm long; seeds numerous, crescent-shaped, flattened.
Notes: Two varieties occur in BC:
1. Tepals with purple veins; basal leaves often shorter than the flowering stems................... var. serotina
1. Tepals with yellow or green veins; basal leaves often longer than flowering stems..................... var. flava (Calder & Taylor) Boivin
Mesic rocky slopes, rock crevices and gravelly meadows in the upper subalpine and alpine zones; var. flava - infrequent and endemic on NW Vancouver Island, WC BC and the Queen Charlotte Islands; var. serotina - frequent in scattered localities throughout W BC; circumboreal, N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to NM, UT, NV and NW OR.
Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2020. E-Flora BC:
Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia [eflora.bc.ca]. Lab for
Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British
Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed:
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