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

Triantha glutinosa (Michx.) Baker
sticky false asphodel (sticky tofieldia)
(Previously in Liliaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a short, strong rhizome; flowering stems erect, 10-50 cm tall, often smooth below, glandular-short-hairy above especially below the inflorescence.
Basal leaves several, tufted, broadly linear, 5-20 cm long, 2-4 mm wide, smooth, sheathing at the base, folded in iris-like fashion, the margins entire; stem leaves reduced or lacking, often 1, sometimes 2 or 3, near or below midlength.
Capsules, 3-lobed and 3-beaked, erect, red or yellowish, 4-7 mm long; seeds numerous, about 1 mm long, ellipsoid, brownish, enclosed in tight-fitting spongy coats, with twisted tail-like appendages at one or both ends.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Wet meadows, bogs, fens and streambanks in the lowland to alpine zones; common in N and E BC, and on Queen Charlotte Islands and northern Vancouver Island; N to NT, E to NF and S to NH, NC, MN, ND and OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Triantha glutinosa

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)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 5 773 1921
Slope Gradient (%) 0 6 70
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 19 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 6 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(1), BAFA(3), BWBS(19), CDF(2), CWH(184), ESSF(73), ICH(31), IDF(4), IMA(1), MH(55), MS(18), SBS(57)


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

Narthecium glutinosum Michx.
Tofieldia glutinosa (Michx.) Pers.
Tofieldia glutinosa subsp. glutinosa
Tofieldia glutinosa var. glutinosa
Tofieldia racemosa var. glutinosa (Michx.) H.E. Ahles

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