Pacif. Railr. Rep. 4(5): 145, plate 22. 1857.

Common names: Slink pod fetid adder’s-tongue slink-lily
Etymology: Greek skolios, crooked, and - pous, footed, alluding to the tortuous, recurved pedicels
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 118. Mentioned on page 14, 15, 51, 56, 57.

Herbs, perennial, with short, knotty rhizomes; roots contractile. Stems subterranean, simple, vertical, short. Leaves 2–3(–4), petiolate or subsessile, sheathing at base; blade dark green distally, paler proximally, sometimes mottled with purple, elliptic to oblong, apex obtuse. Inflorescences umbellate, with several axillary fascicles of elongate, twisting pedicels. Flowers showy, odor unpleasant; perianth of 2 dissimilar whorls of tepals, outer spreading or recurving, distinct, petaloid, ovate to lanceolate to oblanceolate, with oblong gland basally, inner erect, distinct, linear, converging over pistil; stamens 3, opposite outer tepals; anthers versatile, 2-locular, oblong, extrorse; ovary superior, 1-locular, strongly 3-angled, placentation parietal; style erect, short; stigmas persistent, 3, spreading to recurved, linear, inner surface deeply channelled, ovules 20–40, in 2 rows on each placenta. Fruits capsular, brownish purple, oblong-lanceolate, strongly 3-angled, thin-walled, opening irregularly by decay, beaked by persistent style and stigmas. Seeds slightly curved, oblong, eliaosome present. x = 7, 8.


w North America.


Species 2 (2 in the flora).


1 Leaves 14–24 cm; pedicel 11–22 cm; outer tepals 12.5–19 mm; style 4.5–6 mm. Scoliopus bigelovii
1 Leaves 8–14 cm; pedicel 6–10 cm; outer tepals 6.5–10 mm; style 2–2.5 mm. Scoliopus hallii
... more about "Scoliopus"
Frederick H. Utech +
Torrey +
Slink pod +, fetid adder’s-tongue +  and slink-lily +
w North America. +
Greek skolios, crooked, and - pous, footed, alluding to the tortuous, recurved pedicels +
Pacif. Railr. Rep. +
berg1959a +, cave1966a +, utech1979a +  and utech1992a +
Scoliopus +
Liliaceae +