Triteleia lemmoniae

(S. Watson) Greene

Bull. Calif. Acad. Sci. 2: 141. 1886.

Common names: Lemmon’s triteleia Oak Creek triteleia
Basionym: Brodiaea lemmoniae S. Watson Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 20: 376. 1885 (as lemmonae)
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 345. Mentioned on page 338, 339, 346.

Leaves 10–40 cm × 2–6 mm. Scape 8–30 cm, smooth or scabrous near base; bracts purplish. Flowers: perianth bright yellow to deep orange, fading to purple, 9–12 mm, tube turbinate, 2.5–3 mm, lobes ascending to slightly spreading, 7–9 mm, 2–3 times longer than tube; stamens attached at 1 level, equal; filaments linear, 3 mm, apical appendages absent; anthers yellow, 2 mm; ovary 3 times longer than stipe; pedicel 0.7–2.5 cm.

Phenology: Flowering spring–summer (late May–Aug).
Habitat: Yellow pine belts, mountains
Elevation: 1000–3000 m


Triteleia lemmoniae is the only representative of the genus in Arizona. Molecular data suggest that it is related to T. montana, found in the Sierra Nevada of California (J. C. Pires 2000), and not to the morphologically similar T. hyacinthina (R. F. Hoover 1941).

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Lower Taxa

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J. Chris Pires +
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Brodiaea lemmoniae +
Lemmon’s triteleia +  and Oak Creek triteleia +
1000–3000 m +
Yellow pine belts, mountains +
Flowering spring–summer (late May–Aug). +
Bull. Calif. Acad. Sci. +
Brodiaea sect. Calliprora +, Brodiaea subg. Calliprora +, Brodiaea subg. Hesperoscordum +, Brodiaea sect. Seubertia +, Brodiaea subg. Triteleia +, Calliprora +, Hesperoscordum +  and Seubertia +
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