Tofieldia coccinea


in J. Franklin et al., Narr. Journey Polar Sea, 736. 1823.

Common names: Northern false asphodel tofieldie écarlate
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 61. Mentioned on page 60.

Stems 2–20 cm. Leaf blades to 7.5 cm × 3.5 mm. Inflorescences open to dense, sometimes spikelike, 5–30-flowered, 0.5–2.5 cm; proximal bracts conspicuous, ovate, margins entire, distal bracts reduced or absent; bracteoles forming epicalyx, deeply 3-lobed, lobes often appearing distinct, ovate, sometimes weakly 3-fid with 2 small lateral lobes. Flowers: tepals greenish, tinged pinkish cream to deep crimson, 2–2.5 mm, inner tepals slightly longer than outer; stamens ± equaling or slightly longer than tepals; filaments not strongly flattened or dilated basally; ovary ellipsoid; styles 0.3–0.8 mm; pedicel 0–3 mm, often becoming arcuate in fruit. Capsules broadly obovoid to globose, 2–2.3 mm. Seeds ca. 1 mm. 2n = 30.

Phenology: Flowering summer.
Habitat: Moist to dry open areas, generally calcareous
Elevation: 0–1500 m


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Greenland, B.C., N.W.T., Nunavut, Que., Yukon, Alaska, n Asia.


See under 3. Tofieldia pusilla regarding hybridization with that species.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Greenland +, B.C. +, N.W.T. +, Nunavut +, Que. +, Yukon +, Alaska +  and n Asia. +
0–1500 m +
Moist to dry open areas, generally calcareous +
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Tofieldia coccinea +
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