Camassia leichtlinii

(Baker) S. Watson

Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 20: 376. 1885.

Common names: Leichtlin camas
Basionym: Chlorogalum leichtlinii Baker Gard. Chron., n. s. 1: 689. 1874
Synonyms: Camassia esculenta var. leichtlinii (Baker) Baker Quamasia leichtlinii (Baker) Coville
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 306. Mentioned on page 304.

Bulbs usually solitary, ovoid, 1.5–3 cm diam. Leaves 3–9, 2–6 dm × 5–25 mm. Inflorescences 20–130 cm; sterile bracts 0, bracts subtending flowers usually shorter than pedicel. Flowers actinomorphic; tepals strongly connivent over capsules after anthesis, deciduous as capsules develop, bluish violet to bright blue or creamy white, each 5-, 7-, or 9-veined, 20–40 × 4–10 mm; anthers yellow, 4–7 mm; fruiting pedicel spreading-erect, 15–50 mm. Capsules often deciduous from pedicel, dull green, ovoid to ellipsoid, 10–25 × 6–12 mm. Seeds 6–12 per locule. 2n = 30.


Subspecies 2 (2 in the flora).

Selected References



1 Perianth always creamy white. Camassia leichtlinii subsp. leichtlinii
1 Perianth usually bluish violet to bright blue, occasionally white. Camassia leichtlinii subsp. suksdorfii