Erythronium revolutum Sm.
pink fawn lily (mahogany fawnlily)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Jamie Fenneman     (Photo ID #24541)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Erythronium revolutum
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a narrowly egg-shaped, 3- to 5-cm long bulb attached to a chain of rhizome segments; flowering stems 15-35 cm tall, smooth.
Basal leaves 2, dull dark green mottled with brown or white, broadly lanceolate to elliptic, 10-20 cm long, smooth, gradually narrowed to short, broad, narrowly winged stalks, the margins entire but often somewhat wavy; stem leaves lacking.
Inflorescence of 1, rarely 2 or 3, flowers atop a leafless, unbranched, smooth stem; flowers rose-pink with yellow bands at the base on the inner surface, nodding, of 6 similar, distinct tepals, the tepals narrowly lanceolate, 3-5 cm long, curved back; stamens 6, anthers yellow; pistil 1, 3-chambered.
Capsules, narrowly club-shaped to oblong, erect, 3-4 cm long; seeds several to many, brown, egg-shaped, angular.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Erythronium revolutum

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)
814 29 1829
Slope Gradient (%)
20 0 67

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

188 21 310
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 1 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

CWH(5), ESSF(4)

Habitat and Range

Moist forests and riverbanks in the lowland zone; locally frequent on Vancouver Island, rare on Valdez Island and on mainland at Kingcome Inlet; S to N CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia