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

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

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Gordon Neish  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #20117)

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Distribution of Triteleia grandiflora var. grandiflora
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a deep, straw-coloured, fibrous-scaly, nearly globe-shaped, bulb-like corm; flowering stems erect, 20-70 cm tall, slender, smooth.
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.
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.
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

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