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

Triteleia grandiflora var. howellii Lindl.
Asparagaceae
(Previously in Liliaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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General:
Perennial herb from a deep, straw-coloured, fibrous-scaly, nearly globe-shaped, bulb-like corm; flowering stems erect, 20-70 cm tall, slender, smooth.
Leaves:
Basal leaves 1 to 3, linear, keeled, 20-50 cm long, 3-10 mm wide, smooth, sheathing at the base, the margins entire; stem leaves lacking.
Flowers:
Inflorescence a compact to open, terminal umbel of 5 to 20, erect to ascending, more or less equally stalked flowers, above several membranous bracts, the stalks 0.5-4 cm long; flowers light- to deep blue to whitish, vase-shaped to narrowly bell- or top-shaped, of 6 fused segments, 1.5-2.5 cm long; corolla lobes in two petal-like whorls, nearly equalling to longer than the tubes, spreading, the outer 3 narrowly egg-shaped to lanceolate, the inner 3 wider, ruffled; stamens 6; pistil 1, 3-chambered.
Fruits:
Capsules, egg-shaped, stalked; seeds rounded, black.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry to mesic slopes in the steppe and lowland zones; frequent in SC and SE BC, formerly known from S Vancouver Island, but probably extirpated there; S to WY, UT, ID and OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Brodiaea douglasii var. howellii (S. Watson) M. Peck
Brodiaea howellii S. Watson
Triteleia bicolor (Suksd.) Abrams
Triteleia howellii (S. Watson) Greene

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