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Triteleia hyacinthina (Lindl.) Greene
white triteleia (white brodiaea)
(Previously in Liliaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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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, 30-60 cm tall, slender, smooth or somewhat roughened.
Basal leaves 1 or 2, linear, keeled, 20-40 cm long, 3-10 mm wide, smooth, sheathing at the base, the margins entire; stem leaves lacking.
Inflorescence a compact, terminal umbel of several to many, erect to ascending, more or less equally stalked flowers, above several membranous bracts, the stalks 1-4 cm long; flowers white often tinged with blue, to light blue, with green mid-veins, broadly bell-shaped to bowl-shaped, of 6 fused segments, 1-1.5 cm long; corolla lobes in 2 petal-like whorls, much longer than the tube, spreading, the 2 series much alike, broadly lanceolate to oblong-egg-shaped; stamens 6, attached to the petal-like tube at the same level and about the same length, the filaments flattened and joined toward the base; pistil 1, 3-chambered.
Capsules, egg-shaped, stalked; seeds rounded, black.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry to mesic grassy coastal bluffs, rocky slopes and meadows in the lowland zone; frequent on S Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the adjacent mainland; S to ID, NV and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Triteleia hyacinthina

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) 31 113 382
Slope Gradient (%) 0 32 119
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
19 178 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 1 3
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: CDF(21), CWH(1)


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

Brodiaea dissimulata M. Peck
Brodiaea hyacinthina (Lindl.) Baker
Brodiaea hyacinthina var. lactea Baker
Hesperoscordum hyacinthinum Lindl.

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