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.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
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)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
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